SAN DIEGO, September 1, 2012 – Athletes from 44 nations have won 206 gold, silver and bronze medals in the first two days of competition at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
China has won 34 medals; Australia has 19 medals; and Ukraine has 16 medals.
American swimmer Jessica Long, 20, is tied for the most individual medals with two golds for her wins in the 100 meter freestyle and 400 meter freestyle. Long is schedules to swim in seven more events, with the potential to be the Paralympics biggest medal winner.
Cyclist Joseph Berenyi won gold in the men’s 3K individual pursuit race. The 43-year-old from Aurora, Illinois lost his right arm and a kneecap 18 years ago in a construction accident. He underwent numerous surgeries and was told he would have trouble walking the rest of his life. Cycling was an interest prior to his acident, and his neighbors encouraged him to try again after his accident to get in shape.
Everywhere you turn at the Paralympics, there are compeling stories. Labor Day Weekend is a great time to check in on the action. Most of the key action takes place early in the day Eastern Time, between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. Eastern Time.
Live and on-demand coverage of all Paralympic sports can be viewed on the excellent Paralympics YouTube website. along with summary reports aired daily, available on demand as they are produced.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She writes on professional cycling and covers the Sweet Science for Communities, along with other news in the sports world. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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