The United States and Poland have taken 76 gold medals each in the paraplegic Olympics which ended at Arnhem, Holland, on Saturday (5 July).
GV Olympic flame in Arnhem Stadium
SV Disabled men's 80 metres race won by Will Thomsen of Denmark in world and Olympic record time
CU Thomsen being embraced by fellow Danes
SV Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands standing with officials
SV PAN AND CU Mr. de Vlieghere of Belgium throws javelin and scoreboard shows 24.20 metres (2 shots)
SV Bill Perrault of USA throws javelin and scoreboard shows 8.70 metres
LV & SV PAN Spectators applaud as Belgian 4 x 100 metre wheelchair relay team beats Mexico and U.S.A. in new world record time
CU Belgian team being congratulated
LV PAN Ladies 4 x 60 metre relay in progress: American girl wins
SV PAN FROM Other competitors finishing race TO spectators applauding
SV & CU PAN American ladies relay team receiving medals (2 shots)
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Background: The United States and Poland have taken 76 gold medals each in the paraplegic Olympics which ended at Arnhem, Holland, on Saturday (5 July). But the United States came out on top having won more silver and bronze than Poland. West Germany was third with 68 gold, Canada was fourth with 63, Britain fifth 45 and Holland sixth with 33. Denmark and Belgium are also among the nations whose competitors have taken gold medals.
SYNOPSIS: In the men's 80-metre race, Will Thomsen of Denmark put on a remarkable performance to win the gold medal in world and Olympic record time.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, the host nation, attended the games on Thursday (3 July). One of the events she saw was the javelin throw in which Mr de Vlieghere of Belgium and Bill Perrault of the United States both did well.
In the 4 x 100 metre wheelchair relay, Belgium again excelled, this time beating the United States and Mexico to take the gold medal in a new world record time.
The ladies' 4 x 60 metre relay was won by the United states in a new world and Olympic record time of 44.46 seconds. It was one of the 76 gold medals taken by the United States which also won 67 silver and 55 bronze to give it an overall medal total of 198. Poland, with the same number of gold medals, came second with an overall total of 178, West Germany third with 159 and Canada fourth with 134. Britain and Holland took 100 medals each but Britain came out ahead, having won 45 gold against Holland's 33. Some 2,000 athletes from 42 countries took part in the two-week games.