In competition during the seventh day of the Olympics for the Physically Disabled, being held in Toronto, Canada, Claude Alexandre of France won the gold medal in the 1,500 metres amputee Class F contest with a time of 4 minutes 32.7 and team-mare Perry Bertrand won the Class F.1 amputee 1,500 metres in 6 minutes 13.2.
GV Flags and spectators. (4 shots)
SV Archery contestants preparing and firing. (2 shots)
SV Arrows hitting targets and judges taking scores. (3 shots)
SV Japanese contestants throwing javelin.
SV Official keeping records.
SV South African contestants throwing javelin.
SV Judges recording distance.
SV Spectators applauding
SV Australian competitor throwing javelin.
SV AND GV Australian competing in wheelchair slalom. (2 shots)
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SPORT - OLYMPIC GAMES
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Background: In competition during the seventh day of the Olympics for the Physically Disabled, being held in Toronto, Canada, Claude Alexandre of France won the gold medal in the 1,500 metres amputee Class F contest with a time of 4 minutes 32.7 and team-mare Perry Bertrand won the Class F.1 amputee 1,500 metres in 6 minutes 13.2.
SYNOPSIS: Late and sometimes incomplete reports have caused some confusion in the medal tables during the games, but despite these problems contestants took part with obvious enthusiasm in Tuesday's (10 August) events.
Archery - a sport well-suited to the handicapped-produced some keen competition, with contestants from many parts of the world taking part. Chapuis of France won the gold medal in the novice open class wheelchair archery final and combined with Galea and Mogone to win the mixed event.
The javelin events also attracted plenty of competitors, with handicapped athletes from Japan and South Africa taking part. South African participation in the games has caused considerable controversy, with several countries including Poland, Hungary, India, Cuba and Jamaica withdrawing in protest at South Africa's apartheid polices. However, South African team manager Menzo Barris has said that his 38-member team includes eight blacks.
An unofficial medals table circulated by the Canadian press on Monday (9 August) listed Britain with 35 gold medals, one more than the Untied States. But a check by the games organisers gave Britain only 28 gold medals - 20 fewer than the United States and 11 fewer than the Netherlands.
The annual international games for the disabled originated at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in England, but how they are held every fourth year in the country hosting the regular Olympic Games. Wheelchair slalom is one event that is unique to the handicapped - and probably the most popular of the entire competition.
This year Christina Benedetti of Argentina took a gold medal in the Class 2 slalom.