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Discus medals changed after score error

A scoring blunder on the first morning of Paralympic athletics at the Olympic Stadium meant the wrong medals were awarded in women's discus.

Organisers confirmed the placings in the F35/36 were incorrect and Ukraine's Mariia Pomazan, who had received her gold medal hours earlier, standing on top of the podium in an almost full stadium, was relegated to silver.

China's Wu Qing was promoted to the gold medal position from second, but there was disappointment for her compatriot, Bao Jiongyu, who dropped from bronze to fourth in the updated standings.

Australia's Katherine Proudfoot, initially given fifth place, was upgraded to third.

In total, seven of the top 10 and all of the top five positions were changed.

A statement from the organisers read: "In today's women's combined class discus event (F35/36) incorrect medals were awarded following the use of inaccurate results data.

"We sincerely apologise to the athletes affected.

"The inaccurate data also affected the men's shot put F42/44, although the final medal placing was not impacted.

"Omega is currently uploading the correct data and the final results for the women's discus F35/36 event will be amended and restated. A new medal ceremony will be held during tomorrow morning's athletics session.

"All combined class field events use the Raza System - a points scoring system where final positions are determined by points rather than distance.

"It uses a statistical model based on population of each class, level of impairment and performance. Each year an analysis of results is taken and the Raza System is updated accordingly."


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Early days but bit of a role reversal for Australia and Paralympics GB. The velodrome and the pool were two of Britain's areas of dominance in their stunning performance in Beijing and it's not happened yet, but there are all those silvers, just like Australia at the OG!

I'm travelling down tomorrow so hope to see some metal for Austria, as severely gloomy following zilch, nada, nothing at the Olympics. As I live in the UK I'm pleased at host success, but most of all I'd like to see lots of countries get medals of some description, rather than the top five like hogs in a trough.

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I'm travelling down tomorrow so hope to see some metal for Austria, as severely gloomy following zilch, nada, nothing at the Olympics. As I live in the UK I'm pleased at host success, but most of all I'd like to see lots of countries get medals of some description, rather than the top five like hogs in a trough.

I guess it is inevitable that the traditional powerhouses will dominate the medals just like they do in the Olympics but the latest medal standings show 44 countries that have already won medals and 25 of these have won at least 1 gold so I think that is encouraging in terms of spreading it out.

Fingers crossed Austria will manage to get onto the table this time! :)

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Discus medals changed after score error

Discus 'winner' allowed to keep gold medal

An athlete stripped of her Paralympic discus title after a scoring blunder will be allowed to keep her gold medal.

Ukraine's Mariia Pomazan won gold in the F35/36 discus, only for organisers to admit their mistake and promote China's Wu Qing from the second place.

Bao Jiongyu dropped out of the medals, while Australia's Katherine Proudfoot was upgraded to third from fifth.

Organisers now say Pomazan can keep her unofficial gold medal, though it won't count towards Ukraine's official tally.

And China's Jiongyu will also be allowed to keep hold of her bronze medal.

Craig Spence, from the International Paralympic Commission (IPC), said the decision had been made to maintain "the spirit of fair play" as the athletes were competing against the scoreboard.



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Russia win final Paralympics gold

46 days after the Olympics began with a women's Team GB football match in Cardiff, the seven-a-side Paralympic form brought London 2012 to a close with gold for Russia.

The host nation was nowhere to be seen in this final act of the Paralympics, having early this morning taken seventh place, leaving favourites Russia to take the stage and edge out neighbours and defending champions Ukraine 1-0 thanks to Eduard Ramonov's 44th-minute goal.

Ukraine, also winners in 2004, beat Russia 2-1 in the Beijing final four years ago.

The result meant Russia finished two golds clear of third-placed Britain in the final medal standings.



Final Gold medal count: CHN 95, RUS 36, GBR 34, UKR 32, AUS 32, USA 31, BRA 21, GER 18, POL 14, NED 10

Total Medal count: CHN 231, GBR 120, RUS 102, USA 98, AUS 85, UKR 84, GER 66, FRA 45, BRA 43, ESP 42

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Final Gold medal count: CHN 95, RUS 36, GBR 34, UKR 32, AUS 32, USA 31, BRA 21, GER 18, POL 14, NED 10

Total Medal count: CHN 231, GBR 120, RUS 102, USA 98, AUS 85, UKR 84, GER 66, FRA 45, BRA 43, ESP 42

Interesting final spread of medals. Russia, GB, Ukraine, Australia and USA all ended up with about 30 golds each. GB and USA's gold medal counts are slightly down from their Beijing totals probably because they had much stiffer competition this time from all the others on the list who all increased their gold medal tallies this time round. However, unlike USA who won one medal less, GB increased their overall medal tally on Beijing, by 18. Brazil, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands also improved their medal tallies from last time.

I confess I'm a bit puzzled by China. They were even more dominant this time round than they were in Beijing and that's saying something. I could swear they seem to have grabbed another 20 or so golds just in the last 2 or 3 days of the games. How did they manage that?

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Slightly dodgy alignment but just out of interest a combined Olympic/Paralympic Medal Table (G,S,B,Total)

People's Republic of China 133 98 88 319

United States of America 77 58 67 202

Great Britain 63 60 62 185

Russian Federation 60 64 60 184

Australia 39 39 42 120

Ukraine 38 29 37 104

Germany 29 45 36 110

Brazil 24 19 17 60

Republic of Korea 22 17 16 55

France 19 30 30 79

Italy 17 17 22 56

Netherlands 16 16 27 59

Poland 16 15 15 46

Islamic Republic of Iran 14 12 10 36

Cuba 14 8 9 31

Japan 12 19 23 54

New Zealand 12 9 9 30

Spain 11 28 20 59

South Africa 11 14 10 35

Hungary 10 10 11 31

Tunisia 10 6 6 22

Ireland 9 4 8 21

Canada 8 20 21 49

Mexico 7 7 14 28

Belarus 7 7 8 22

Kazakhstan 7 1 5 13

Azerbaijan 6 7 9 22

Nigeria 6 5 2 13

Czech Republic 5 9 7 21

Sweden 5 8 7 20

Switzerland 5 8 4 17

Algeria 5 6 9 20

Jamaica 5 4 4 13

Norway 5 3 4 12

Egypt 4 6 7 17

Kenya 4 6 7 17

Thailand 4 4 3 11

Austria 4 3 6 13

Finland 4 2 3 9

Dem People's Rep. of Korea 4 0 2 6

Turkey 3 7 5 15

Romania 3 6 2 11

Denmark 3 4 7 14

Serbia 3 4 2 9

Hong Kong, China 3 3 7 13

Croatia 3 3 5 11

Belgium 3 2 5 10

Ethiopia 3 2 3 8

Morocco 3 0 4 7

Slovakia 2 2 6 10

Lithuania 2 1 2 5

Colombia 1 5 4 10

Greece 1 3 10 14

Georgia 1 3 3 7

Argentina 1 2 6 9

Israel 1 2 5 8

Slovenia 1 2 2 5

Uzbekistan 1 1 3 5

Kuwait 1 1 1 3

United Arab Emirates 1 1 1 3

Dominican Republic 1 1 0 2

Namibia 1 1 0 2

Trinidad and Tobago 1 0 3 4

Venezuela 1 0 2 3

Angola 1 0 1 2

Latvia 1 0 1 2

Bahamas 1 0 0 1

Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 0 0 1

Chile 1 0 0 1

Fiji 1 0 0 1

Former Yug Rep. of Macedonia 1 0 0 1

Grenada 1 0 0 1

Iceland 1 0 0 1

Uganda 1 0 0 1

India 0 3 4 7

Bulgaria 0 3 2 5

Mongolia 0 2 3 5

Taipei (Chinese Taipei) 0 2 3 5

Malaysia 0 2 2 4

Portugal 0 2 2 4

Iraq 0 2 1 3

Cyprus 0 2 0 2

Singapore 0 1 3 4

Armenia 0 1 2 3

Indonesia 0 1 2 3

Estonia 0 1 1 2

Puerto Rico 0 1 1 2

Saudi Arabia 0 1 1 2

Botswana 0 1 0 1

Gabon 0 1 0 1

Guatemala 0 1 0 1

Montenegro 0 1 0 1

Qatar 0 0 2 2

Republic of Moldova 0 0 2 2

Afghanistan 0 0 1 1

Bahrain 0 0 1 1

Sri Lanka 0 0 1 1

Tajikistan 0 0 1 1

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Interesting analysis of the results, compoaring the SOGs v SPGs.

In which countries did Paralympians outperform Olympians?

It's been hailed by the organisers as the greatest Paralympic Games ever, but which teams of Paralympians outperformed their Olympian compatriots? And why did the US Paralympic team only manage sixth?

The United States topped the Olympic Games league table with 46 gold medals, but they won about a third fewer in the Paralympics - 31, placing them outside the top five, in sixth place.


This performance is quite a puzzle, because the US has two of the big vital ingredients for success - wealth and a large population.

Population and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) explain about 53% of a nation's a success in the Olympic Games, and more than 60% in the Paralympic Games, according to the calculations of Simon Shibli, a professor of sport management at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK.

A big population means a big pool of talent to fish from, and wealth means good healthcare and the money to spend on sports training and facilities.

But a further puzzle is that, if you look at the historical figures, you see the US is actually top of the all-time Paralympic gold medal league table.

This can partly be explained by the fact the US dominated in the 1980s, when there were twice as many medals to win. In the 1984 Paralympics there were 345 gold medals for swimming, alone. There were 447 gold medals for athletics. Now there are only 503 gold medals in total, compared to 973 then.

In the last few games, the US Paralympic ranking has failed to match its Olympic ranking. So what's changed? The fact that more countries are taking part, according to Shibli, which means the economic law of supply and demand comes into play.

"The demand for success increases as more nations invest money in their elite sports systems and so the price of those medals will increase," he says.

"And what's happening is that, as more nations invest and take part in that global sporting arms race, it makes it difficult for the previously dominant nations to maintain their share of the medals."

It surely won't have escaped the notice of the US that China is top of the medals table with 95 golds - a cool 59 gold medals clear of the second-placed Russian Federation.

China's Paralympic story is the opposite of the US's. It didn't used to do particularly well. It first entered in 1984 and came 28th. Four years later, the Paralympics was first held at the same venue as the Olympics, and China's performance strengthened from then on.

By the year 2000, it was sixth. Then a year later, it was announced that Beijing had got the 2008 games and in 2004 in Athens, China topped the medals table. It has stayed there ever since.

"China does even better, I think, in the Paralympic Games than in the Olympic Games," says Shibli, who has analysed the proportion of available medals.

"What you've got is the world's largest population at 1.3bn, so a bigger talent pool, and a growing GDP - probably the fastest-growing GDP for a developing nation, and you've also got a government which is very determined to show the new China to the globe."

According to US sports journalist Jim Ferstle, the country has had a very different attitude to the Paralympics.

"It isn't a priority, they don't get the funding, they don't get the attention and they aren't sold the same way the Olympics are," he says.

"They have training centres and training programmes all over the country for able-bodied athletes but they don't have those for Paralympians.

"They pop up now and then, but it's seen as these people are being helped out with their disability - they're not being trained to be athletes."

Meanwhile the US TV broadcaster NBC has been criticised for failing to show any live TV coverage of the Paralympic games.

The US Paralympic committee has told the BBC that it is "very aware of the need to focus on Paralympic grassroots developmentā€¦ In too many events at these Games, the US doesn't have athletes entered to even compete for a medal."

And it says a Paralympics sports programme has been set up to address this, operating across the nation in nearly 200 deprived areas.

There are other countries which are doing better in the Paralympics than in the Olympics.

Take Nigeria - no medals in the Olympics but 12 medals (six of them gold) in the Paralympics. And Nigeria's GDP per capita is around seven times smaller than Mexico's, which also got six golds. Its comparative spending on healthcare is 10 times smaller.

"What's probably not appreciated fully about that nation is that it's got a population of about 160m," says Shibli.

"So they've got quite a significant pool from which to fish for talent."

He speculates that Nigeria may prioritise its Paralympic team, because you can get more wins for less money.

Rwanda, Bosnia Herzogovina, Iran and Iraq also stand out - they've all entered more athletes into the Paralympics than the Olympics.

And for Iran this paid off, as they finished joint 10th in the final medals table.


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Why is it not a fair comparison? It's a merger of all events of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Regardless of which event rewards more medals or not, it is a fair comparison as raw numbers speak for themselves.

Putting them together is fine but comparing olympic vs paralympic medals is not because one has more events.

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Putting them together is fine but comparing olympic vs paralympic medals is not because one has more events.

I agree the table is a bit muddle headed but not altogether invalid. Surely it depends on the comparison - if we're comparing medal performance by placement in the ranking rather than event against event, the point of comparison is nation against nation? With less competing nations one might expect the US performance in the paras to be better than the OG, all other variables being equal.

But variables aren't equal. No surprise that China and Ukraine do so well, with large institutionalised populations of disabled people who can be readily trained for national glory, so to speak. Equally not surprising that the US, which led the charge to get disabled people out of institutions and 'special' education struggles to identify and develop a talent pool in comparison. My bet is that Britain will continue on a downward trajectory in real terms (you only have to look at its medal table history in the PGs to see its decline) - as social trends in terms of disability become closer to those seen in North America.

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Putting them together is fine but comparing olympic vs paralympic medals is not because one has more events.

I wasn't doing that. But comparing the two can show a marked difference in sponsorship and support. The US should and could be dominating the Paralympics, but for its size its a very average effort.

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