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Where will Paralympic medals be won?

Great Britain have their sights firmly set on success at the Beijing Paralympics, which begin with the opening ceremony on Saturday 6 September.

Team GB take part in 18 of the 20 sports on the Paralympic programme - goalball and sitting volleyball are the only ones without British interest.

Four years ago Great Britain finished with 94 medals in Athens, including 35 golds, and were second in the medals table behind China, who will be expecting to top the standings again.



Nathan Stephens, who competed for Great Britain in the sledge hockey event at the 2006 Winter Paralympics, competes in the F57/58 javelin in the morning on the final day of action.

Shelly Woods
Shelly Woods will compete in the women's T54 1500m heats
There could be further success in the later session with Libby Clegg (T12 200m) and Tracey Hinton (T11 200m). Dave Weir goes in the T54 1500m heats while Shelly Woods races in the women's equivalent. However, the highlight could be Oscar Pistorius taking on Britain's Ian Jones in the T44 400m final.


Great Britain missed out on gold in Athens four years ago - will they still be involved on finals day in the Beijing medal games? The top two sides after the round-robin games will play off for gold and silver, with the third and fourth placed teams up against each other for bronze.

Football - seven-a-side

Great Britain are competing in the seven-a-side football competition for the first time since the 1992 Games in Barcelona, but will need luck to go their way if they are to come back with a medal. The event is for athletes with cerebral palsy and Ukraine are the defending Paralympic champions, but Russia won last year's world championships.



The marathons bring down the curtain on the track programme with London Marathon winner Dave Weir hoping to add the Paralympic crown to his successes in the men's T54 1500m race, while Shelly Woods could come back with a medal in the women's T54 race.

Dave Weir
More medals await on the track for GB superstar Dave Weir


Lee Fawcett, Britain's sole wheelchair fencer in Beijing, goes in the sabre event. The former wheelchair basketball player won bronze in the event at the 2006 World Cup in Turin.

Five-a-side football

The final placings will be decided on the last day of action, with medals up for grabs and the classification matches to decide placings. Bronze is probably the most Great Britain can expect.

see also
Paralympic challengers
02 Sep 08 |  Disability Sport
A-Z of Paralympic classification
28 Aug 08 |  Disability Sport
Disability Sport on the BBC
25 Aug 08 |  Disability Sport

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