Poles win 39 medals at Rio Paralympics
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Polish athletes are returning from the Rio Paralympics with 39 medals, after finishing tenth in the overall medals classification.
Spectators watch fireworks during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: EPA/SZILARD KOSZTICSAK
Poles won nine golds, 18 silvers and 12 bronzes at the Paralympics, which ended on Sunday.
Ninety Polish athletes with disabilities competed in the games.
At the London 2012 Paralympics, Poles won 36 medals and took ninth place in the overall medals classification.
Łukasz Szeliga, president of the Polish Paralympic Committee, said trainers had predicted Poles taking part in the Rio games would increase their medals tally compared to London.
“And they were not mistaken. These were very successful games... with people just a little unsatisfied, because they could have been even better.”
Szeliga added: “In many cases, we simply ran out of luck. For example Bartosz Tyszkowski was one centimetre short of gold in the shot put.”