Pluck, hope and high spirits trumped physical impairment during the London 2012 Paralympic Games which ended last night after 12 days of gruelling yet inspiring competition.
Terezinha Guilhermina of Brazil and her guide Guilherme Soares de Santana react cross the finish line in the women’s 100m-T11 final at the Olympic Stadium last Wednesday. Guilhermina won the gold.
Beginning in 1960, the Paralympics have evolved into the second-largest sporting event in the world, with more than 4,200 participants from 164 countries competing this year in a spectacular gathering of athletes whose sheer mental strength helped overcome handicaps after fate had dealt them a cruel hand.
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