20 inspiring photos of Paralympians

Women's 100 metres Final in 2016 Paralympic Games

As the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio hits the halfway mark, we have been inspired by the tenacity and endurance of these remarkable athletes who have overcome adversity to achieve their dreams. To further draw more deserved attention to this phenomenal event, we have collated a visual list of some of the most iconic milestone Paralympic Game moments throughout the years.

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  1. Guide Guilherme Soares de Santana reacts to Terezinha Guilhermina of Brazil winning gold just before she discovers that she’s won the Women’s 100m T11 Final
  2. Catherine O’Neill representing her home country, Ireland, in the women’s club throw F51/31/32 classification final
  3. He Junquan Biting on a towel to help his start in the men’s 50m Backstroke S5
  4. Brazilian Yohansson Nascimento celebrates winning the silver medal in the Mens 400m - T46 Final
  5. Fijian Iliesa Delana celebrating his win within the men’s High Jump Final F42
  6. Australian swim teammates Katherine Downie, Ellie Cole and Maddison Elliot reaction as fellow team member, Jacqueline Freney wins the gold medal
  7. Vanessa Low of Germany competing in the Women’s Long Jump F42/44 Final
  8. Competitors seen riding past the Paralympic flame during the Women’s 5000m T54 classification heats
  9. Filipino athlete Andy Avellana competing in the Men’s High Jump - F42 Final
  10. Tunisia’s Mohamed Amara takes his run up in the men’s javelin F41 final
  11. Ukraine’s Zoia Ovsii competes during the final of women’s club throw F51
  12. USA’s David Brown celebrates on the podium after winning the gold medal in the men’s 100m T11 final
  13. Richard Whitehead of Great Britain celebrating taking home gold in the Men’s 200-meter T42 Final
  14. The Australian Paralympic Team entering the stadium at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games
  15. Athletes at the Tokyo 1964 Paralympic Games
  16. Tony Volpentest setting the 100m Final World Record in Atlanta, Georgia, 1996
  17. Btendan Bowden competing in the discus, Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games
  18. Gold medallist Margaret Harriman of South Africa signing autographs
  19. Stephen Miller, pictured here competing in the Athens 2004 Paralympics. Miller had previously won gold medals at the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000
  20. Australian Paralympic Basketball player, Michael Hartnett, hugs his coach after winning the gold medal in the men’s wheelchair basketball between Australia and Canada and the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

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