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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 September, 2004, 00:49 GMT 01:49 UK
Paralympic diary: Day eight
By Elizabeth Hudson
BBC Sport in Athens

Swimmer Heidi Andreasen is the Faroe Islands' sole representative at the Paralympics and the 18-year-old was thrilled to win a bronze medal in the S8 400m freestyle.

Although the Faroe Islands compete with Denmark in the Olympics, they have their own Paralympic team.

"I'm so happy to have won a medal because on the day I did my best," said a very proud Heidi after her third-placed finish, which adds to her three silvers from Sydney.

"Although it is lonely being the only member of the team, I get a lot of people coming up and talking to me and wondering what it is like being the only member of a Paralympic team.

Heidi's medal achievement is more notable when you consider that the Faroes have no 50m pool and she has to do all her training in a 25m facility.


Another small delegation in Athens is the one from Afghanistan, who are competing in their first Paralympics.

Double amputee Qaher Hazrat is aiming to win his country's first medal in the combined LC3 road race and time trial, with the road race getting under way on Saturday, followed by the time trial on Monday.

Hazrat's injuries were caused by a landmine explosion eight years ago when he was on his way to do grocery shopping for his family.

He now works as a bicycle courier in Kabul and, along with teenage athlete Mareena Karim, is carrying his country's hopes in Athens.


The music used by the riders in Friday's freestyle dressage was somewhat unusual to this first-time observer.

Israeli rider Ital Zuck went for the Beatles option with a perfectly segued orchestral arrangement of Got To Get You Into My Mind, Eight Days a Week, Penny Lane and Yellow Submarine.

Among the other riders, Germany's Britta Naepel opted for the Can Can as her horse walked, trotted and cantered around the arena.

Abba was another popular choice too with Sweden's Kersten Englund and Wendy Olivier of South Africa among those opting for some of their music.


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SEE ALSO
Paralympic diary: Day seven
23 Sep 04  |  Paralympics
Paralympic diary: Day six
22 Sep 04  |  Paralympics
Paralympic diary: Day five
22 Sep 04  |  Paralympics
Paralympic diary: Day four
21 Sep 04  |  Paralympics
Paralympic diary: Day three
19 Sep 04  |  Paralympics
Paralympic diary: Day two
18 Sep 04  |  Paralympics
Paralympic diary: Day one
18 Sep 04  |  Paralympics



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