1984 Summer Paralympics Stoke Mandeville (Q1557)
Paralympic Games cycle
- 1984 Paralympic Games
- 1984 Summer Paralympics Stoke-Mandeville
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1984 Summer Paralympics Stoke Mandeville
Paralympic Games cycle
"The Olympic flag as well as the flags of all of the competing nations were hung out in Aylesbury Market Square from Monday 16th August. Within 48 hours the Olympic flag had been stolen and the flags of Jamaica and Italy had been taken down, ripped up and posted through the letter box of a nearby public house. " -- paralympicanorak
"However, it was possible to repair these two flags and re-hang them, only for them to go missing again, along with the flags of Iceland and Ireland, within 24 hours. It cost £135 of tax payers money to replace the missing flags." -- paralympicanorak
Colombia appear in the list of competing countries at the 1984 PG Stoke Mandeville in the Official Results book for these Games, but no Colombian athlete’s name appears in the actual results of the sports and all newspapers refer to 40 countries.
The outstanding performer in 1984 PG Stoke Mandeville was Marc de Vos, a class 3 paraplegic from Belgium, who won seven gold and one silver medal on the track and if it hadn’t been for his own team mate, Paul van Winkel, pipping him into second in the 400m he would have had eight gold medals. (1/2)
Marc and Paul helped Belgium to a clean sweep of the three track relays over 100m, 200m and 400m for classes 2-5 contributing three gold medals to each of their totals in the process. (2/2)
The first British gold medal of the 1984 Games SM was won by Dorothy Ripley in the class 3 shot put, who set a new world record of 7.19m in the process.
Josie Cichockyj competed in the 1984 PGSM marathon and was awarded a bronze medal for her performance. However, after she had been through the award ceremony and had informed friends and family of her success she was asked to return the medal as it had been awarded in error!
One of the Swiss team at the 1984 PG Stoke Mandeville, Walter Boiller, had competed in the FITA round archery event every year that the Games had been held at Stoke Mandeville since 1957.
The outstanding British competitor at Stoke Mandeville, and one of the busiest, was Isabel Barr, a class 1B tetraplegic, who won an amazing ten medals in three sports. She won a gold medal in shooting and two silver medals in throwing events at the track, but it was in the pool where she really made her mark. She won three gold, two silver and two bronze medals including a silver in a relay.
On top of the £18,000 donation made to the running costs of the 1984 PG SM made by Invacare/ Carters they also donated 20 of Invacare’s highly advanced Rolls 500 wheelchairs to the British team, which were allocated through a draw at a British team weekend prior to the Games. One of the lucky recipients was Rita Thompson.