2004 Summer Paralympics (Q1132)

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Athens saw the introduction of Judo for women in which Germany came out on top and also Sitting Volleyball for women in which China beat the Netherlands.
The accident happened at about 10am between the towns of Kammena Vourla and Aghios Konstantinos, in the Prefecture of Phthiotis. The site of the accident is known as the “Maliakos Horseshoe”, a 180-degree curve around the Maliakos Gulf and is considered the most dangerous part of the E75 Highway. It had previously been the site of several other serious accidents.(3G/4G)
In the end the Closing Ceremony consisted only of the protocol segments such as the entry of athletes, the speech by the IPC President Sir Philip Craven, the handover of the Paralympic Flag to the Beijing Organising Committee and the extinguishing of the Paralympic Flame. Sir Philip dedicated the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games to the memory of the children and their families.(4G/4G)
Athens was selected as the host city for the 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the 106th IOC Session held in Lausanne, Switzerland on 5 th September 1997 beating Rome, Cape Town, Stockholm and Buenos Aires in the process.
A clear indication of the growing awareness and importance of the Paralympic Games wasthe fact that Athens 2004 saw the participation of eleven countries in their first ever Games.
Following some excellent competition the Athens Games were sadly marred by a tragic accident. The Athens 2004 Organising Committee decided to cancel the artistic and entertainment portions of the Closing Ceremony, due to a tragic road accident that claimed the lives of seven high school students who were traveling to Athens to attend the Paralympic Games. (1G/4G)
A total of 3,103 media representatives including 68 broadcasters were present in Athens to cover the Games. A total of 617 hours broadcast in 25 countries and right across Europe were watched by a record number of viewers all over the world.
A new record number of 1,829 athletes (~48%) voted for the IPC Athletes Committee’s summer Games representatives during the 2004 Games. The successful candidates were Robert Balk (USA), Konstantinos Fykas (GRE), Beatrice Hess (FRA), Ljiljana Ljubisic (CAN), Rutger Sturkenboom (NED) and Ana Garcia-Arcicollar Vallejo (ESP).
Japanese swimmer Mayumi Narita went one better than her six gold medals in Sydney by winning seven gold and one bronze medal in Athens making her the most successful athlete at the Games.
Canadian wheelchair athlete Chantal Petitclerc was crowned ‘Queen of the Track’ taking five gold medals and setting three world records in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m in the T54 category at the 2004 Games.
As well as the seven schoolchildren who were killed over 30 more were injured, when their bus collided with a truck on the Athens-Lamia E75 National Highway. The bus had left the village of Farkadona, near Trikkala, in Thessaly, central Greece about 300km north of Athens to bring the students to watch the second-to-last day of the Paralympic Games.(2G/4G)
In the shooting Jonas Jacobsson of Sweden proved himself to be the top marksman at the Paralympic staking home four gold medals from the 2004 Games.
Football (5-a-side) for the visually impaired was also added to the programme for the 2004 Games and, like their able-bodied team has done in the World Cup on so many occasions before, it was Brazil who edged out Argentina in the final via a penalty shoot out.
The Athens 2004 Paralympic Games was the first major competition to have the revised IPC Anti-Doping Code applied. It was launched in January 2004 and was in full compliance with the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) code.