The 2012 Summer Paralympics

As the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games reach day 7, an estimated 4,200 athletes representing 167 countries are now competing in London. Competitions have already taken place in cycling, sailing, track and field, swimming, archery, and many more. The Games, which continue until September 9, are designed for athletes with disabilities and feature 20 sports in all. Collected here is just a small glimpse of these inspirational "superhuman" athletes as they take part in the 2012 Summer Paralympics.
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1. Lex Gillette of the United States leaps in the men's long jump F11 (visual impairment class) at the 2012 Paralympics in London, on September 4, 2012.




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2. A member of the British team reacts during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Paralympics in London, on August 29, 2012.




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3. British physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking speaks during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Paralympics, on August 29, 2012.




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4. An interpreter signs as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II opens the 2012 Paralympics in London, on August 29, 2012.




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5. The Olympic Cauldron, lit with the Paralympic Flame as fireworks burst around it, on August 29, 2012.




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6. China's Juan Yao competes before wining the women's shot put F42/44 final (for athletes with limb deficiencies, such as amputations) at the 2012 Paralympics in London, on September 3, 2012.




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7. Laroslav Semenenko of Ukraine prepares to compete in the Men's 100m Backstroke - S6 heat 1 at the Aquatics Center, on August 30, 2012. The S6 classification is for swimmers with short stature, amputations of both arms or moderate coordination problems on one side of their body.




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8. Bronze medal winners Oksana Masters (left) and Rob Jones, of the United States, on their prosthetic legs at the awards ceremony for mixed double sculls, on September 2, 2012,




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9. Choochat Sukjarern of Thailand attempts a lift during the Men's -52 kg Powerlifting on day 2 of the 2012 Paralympic Games at ExCel, on August 31, 2012.




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10. Lukasz Mamczarz of Poland jumps over the crossbar in the Men's high jump F42 final, on September 3, 2012. He won the bronze medal with a height of 1.74 meters.




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11. Britain's Richard Whitehead, with his gold medal after winning the men's 200m T42 (for athletes with limb deficiencies, such as amputations) final race in London, on September 1, 2012.




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12. China's Zheng Tao dives into the pool at the start of Men's 50m Freestyle S6 Final at the 2012 Paralympics in London, on September 4, 2012.




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13. Italy's Assunta Legnante wears a mask as she competes in the women's discus throw - F11/12 (visual impairment) at the Olympic Stadium in London, on September 1, 2012.




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14. Jeff Skiba of the United States in the men's javelin throw F44 in London, on September 2, 2012.




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15. Joseph Berenyi of the U.S. poses with his gold medal after winning the men's Individual C3 pursuit (for cyclists with limb deficiencies, such as amputations) final during the cycling competition, on August 31, 2012, in London.




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16. Shirley Reilly of the U.S. (right) and China's Zou Lihong fall from their wheelchairs after a crash during a women's 100m T34 race in London, on August 31, 2012.




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17. Rustam Nurmukhametov of Russia, prior to his Men's 100m Freestyle S11 heat (for swimmers with complete or nearly complete loss of sight), at the Aquatics Center, on August 31, 2012.




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18. Nathan Smith of New Zealand competes in the Men's Individual Cycling C3 Pursuit qualification at the Velodrome, on August 31, 2012.




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19. Pattaya Tadtong and Watcharaphon Vongsa of Thailand celebrate winning a point during the Mixed Team Boccia - BC1-2 gold medal final on day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, on September 4, 2012.




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20. Tamara Podpalnaya of Russia, after a successful lift in the women's -52 kg Powerlifting at ExCel, on September 1, 2012.




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21. Canada's Paul Tingley (right) in the Single Person Keelboat (2.4mR) sailing competition in Weymouth and Portland, southern England, on September 2, 2012.




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22. Britain's Jade Jones warms up before the women's 800m Wheelchair Race Final T54 Heat in the Olympic Stadium, on September 4, 2012.




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23. Yohansson Nascimento of Brazil uses supports for his arms as he waits on the blocks to compete in the men's T46 400-meter category final, on September 4, 2012, in London.




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24. Britain's Mark Lee Colbourne celebrates winning the men's individual C1 pursuit final cycling event at the Olympic Park's Velodrome in east London, on August 31, 2012.




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25. United States' Matt Scott falls during a men's Group A preliminary wheelchair basketball game against Australia in London, on September 2, 2012. Australia won 65-49.




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26. Lee Brunton of Great Britain takes on the Iranian defense in the Men's Team Football 5-a-side B1 (visual impairment) in the Olympic Park on September 4, 2012. All athletes wear eyeshades to ensure their visual impairments are equal. The ball is equipped with a noise-making device, and each team has a sighted, able-bodied goalkeeper.




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27. Athletes compete in the men's 1500m T54 round 1 wheelchair race in London, on September 3, 2012.




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28. William Bayley of Britain cries after losing to Jochen Wollmert (left) of Germany, who embraces Bayley, following their Men's Singles C7 classification Table Tennis Final, on September 2, 2012. The C7 class describes a physical impairment for athletes who compete from a standing position -- the lower the number, the greater the impact the impairment has on an athlete's ability to compete.




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29. Jessica Long of the United States with her gold medal during the medal ceremony for the women's 100-meter breaststroke SB7, on September 1, 2012, in London.




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30. Matt Stutzman of the United States aims at the target in the men's individual compound open archery at the 2012 Paralympics games, on September 3, 2012, in London.




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31. Germany's Simone Briese Baetke (right) fights against Russia's Ludmilla Vasileva in Women's Individual Foil- Category B at the ExCel venue, on September 5, 2012. Baetke won the match and moved into the quarter-finals.




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32. China's Jingjing Zhou, after her victory over Britain's Justine Moore in the qualification round of Women's Individual Foil- Category B on the first day of Fencing, on September 4, 2012. Category B athletes have an impairment that affects either their trunk or their fencing arm.




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33. Brazil's Felipe Gomes (left) and his guide Leonardo Souza Lopes, run to win the Men's 200m Final T11 at the Olympic Stadium in London, on September 4, 2012.




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34. Philippa Johnson of South Africa, during the Dressage Individual Championship Test Grade - IV on day 4 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, on September 2, 2012.




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35. Vanessa Low of Germany prepares her prostheses for competition in the women's long jump finals, F42/44, on September 2, 2012. Low finished in sixth place.




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36. Gordon Reid of Great Britain prepares to serve during the Men's Singles Wheelchair Tennis round 64 match against Takuya Miki of Japan at Eton Manor, on September 1, 2012. Reid won the match 6-1, 6-2.




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37. Silver medalist Keiichi Kimura of Japan poses following the medal ceremony for the Men's 100m Breaststroke - SB11 final on day 5 of the 2012 Paralympic Games, on September 3, 2012.




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38. German's Christiane Reppe trains ahead of women's 100m Backstroke S9 category final, on August 31, 2012, in London.




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39. Iran's Peyman Nasiri Bazanjani celebrates after winning the Men's 1500m Final T20 in the Olympic Stadium in London, on September 4, 2012.




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40. The Mixed Pairs BC3 Boccia final between Greece and Portugal takes place at the 2012 Paralympics, on September 4, 2012, in London.




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41. Terezinha Guilhermina of Brazil and her guide Guilherme Soares de Santana lie on the track after falling in the Women's 400m - T12 Final in the Olympic Stadium, on September 4, 2012 in London, England.




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42. Netherlands' silver medalist Marlou Van Rhijn (left) France's gold medalist Marie Amelie Le Fur (center) and US bronze medalist April Holmes, on the podium during the medal ceremony of the women's 200m T44 race (for athletes with limb deficiencies, such as amputations) in London, on September 3, 2012.




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43. Ebrahim Ranjbarkivaj of the Islamic Republic of Iran competes in the Men's Individual Recurve Archery - W1/W2 at The Royal Artillery Barracks, on September 3, 2012 in London, England.




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44. Marcel Hug of Switzerland competes in the Men's 1500m - T54 heats on day 5 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, on September 3, 2012.




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45. Marlou van Rhijn from the Netherlands, second right, waits to be called up into the blocks before the start of a women's 100m T44 round 1 race in London, on September 1, 2012. Van Rhijn won, setting a new world record of 13.27 seconds.




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46. Russia's Yulia Ovsyannikova cries after winning her C7 table tennis semifinal match against Turkey's Kubra Ocsoy, on September 1, 2012, in London.




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47. Jamaica's Alphanso Cunningham, in the men's javelin throw F52/53 final in the Olympic Stadium, on September 4, 2012.




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48. Gunther Matzinger of Austria competes in the Men's 400m - T46 Final in the 2012 Paralympic Games, on September 4, 2012.




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49. Poland's Paulina Wozniak swims in the Women's 100m Butterfly S9 category, on August 30, 2012, in London.




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50. Lahouari Bahlaz of Algeria competes in the Men's Club Throw - F31/32/51 Final in the Olympic Stadium, on August 31, 2012.




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51. Adam Knott (back right) of Great Britain takes a throw in the Men's Team Goalball preliminary match against Finland on Day 4 of the 2012 Paralympic Games, at the Copper Box, on September 2, 2012. Finland went on to win the match 7-3.




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52. Joe Ingram of Great Britain (white) and Tim Rees of Canada (Blue) compete in the -100 kg Judo preliminaries at ExCel, on September 1, 2012 in London, England.




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53. Germany's Vanessa Low competes in the Women's Long Jump F42/44 Final in the Olympic Stadium, on September 2, 2012.




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54. British gold medalist David Weir celebrates after crossing the finish line in the men's 1500m T54 category final at the 2012 Paralympics, on September 4, 2012, in London.