Rio 2016 Paralympics: Iran sitting volleyball crowned

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In all, 43 African countries participated in the 15th edition of the Paralympic Games, which had 2,347 medals up for grabs in the games.

"We have had the most competitive team at the most competitive Games resulting in second place on the medal table with 147 medals, 64 of those gold".

Cyclist Jon-Allan Butterworth made history in Rio becoming the first British serviceman injured in Iraq to win gold at the Paralympics.

Organizers said they had pulled off an against-the-odds success in the Rio de Janeiro Games. However, sad news broke out on Saturday in para-cycling when Iran's Bahman Golbarnezhad shockingly died after a horrific crash in the men's C4/C5 road race. Stilwell won two golds and Lakatos won gold, silver and two bronze.

Of the Canadian athletes who medalled, four were under age 20.

Fourth-placed Jin Zheng, who competes in the T11 category - for the most severe sight impairments - set a world record for her class, finishing in 3:19.46. He was 48 years old. Then it was Ricardinho, star of Brazil's gold medal winning five-a-side Paralympic football team, who brought out the national flag.

It was no surprise that captain Ryley Batt was Australia's best player, scoring 27 in the final to take his tournament tally to 158 goals.

Born without legs, Batt moved around on a skateboard until the age of 12.

"I know that Manchester - a city with a rich sporting history - and London, with its strong links with the Olympic and Paralympic Games, will host brilliant celebrations that will give the British public a chance to say thank you to our fantastic athlete heroes".

"It's not every day that you can go out in a wheelchair and bash up other guys in wheelchairs", he told the Rio 2016 website.