The Paralympic journey is over: Wheelchair Basketball.
As the fire in the cauldron died, the gold medal winning stars kindled two torches and passed it on to scores of performers to signify the “eternal nature of the flame living on in each and every one of us”.
Sir Philip Craven, International Paralympic Committee chairman, declared London 2012 “the greatest Paralympic Games ever”.
Lord Coe added: “Together these past few weeks we have shared some wonderful days haven’t we? “Days where incredible people have performed feats we hardly thought possible.”
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Wheelchair basketball has given us a lot of great moments during the past two weeks. The men’s competition boasted a thrilling final between Canada and Australia, with Canada taking the gold 64-58. Great Britain missed out on a third consecutive bronze medal, USA pulled away at the end with a 61-46 win over our men.
Coach Murray treseder was realistic about the GB team performance ” We’ve finnished fourth and that’s probably where we are a the moment”. He said, ” We were chasing our tail in the last quarter as we tried to get back in the game, but give the USA credit, they are a great team”.
In defeating Australia 58-44, Germany became women’s champions for the first time.The USA featured in both bronze medal clashes couldn’t take the women’s bronze home against a strong Netherland’s side, 71-47. GB women took control of the game early against Mexico and pulled a 59-37 . GB women ranked 7th at the end of the competition.
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