1992 Summer Paralympics (Q1560)

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Paralympic Games cycle
  • 1992 Paralympic Games
  • 1992PSG
  • 1992 Barcelona (Summer Games)
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1992 Summer Paralympics
Paralympic Games cycle
  • 1992 Paralympic Games
  • 1992PSG
  • 1992 Barcelona (Summer Games)

Statements

"The first three positive doping tests ever recorded at a Paralympic Games occurred in Barcelona. They were a shot putter, a judo player and a wheelchair basketball player from the USA, David Kiley, " -- paralympicanorak
"whose positive test for a banned substance led to the disqualification the American men’s wheelchair basketball team who had won the gold medal in Seoul and a request for the whole team to return their medals in order that they could be re-distributed to the Dutch team they had beaten in the final." -- paralympicanorak
The Korean Boccia team of Lim Shin-Hyuk, Lee Jin-Woo and Lee KiYean initially won the bronze medal against Ireland at the 1992 Games. However, at the medal ceremony after receiving their medals from Jack Weinstein of CP-ISRA, for reasons unrecorded, the Korean boccia players removed the medals from around their necks and threw them and the flowers they were presented with to the floor. (1/3)
With Spain leading 2-0 Britain had defender David Haston sent off for a second bookable offence, but still managed to fight back and win 9-8. (2C/3C)
On the track at the 1992 Barcelona Games, Adeoye Ajibola of Nigeria, a single-arm amputee, stunned the watching crowd in the 100m event by winning in a world record 10.72 seconds. He then went on to win the 200m event, setting yet another world record.
Deputy Team Manager of the British team, Hywel Evans, is reported in the Caernarvan and Denbigh Herald as stating that the food in 1992 PGames Madrid was terrible and that they had spent nearly £3,000 on food supplements for the team. He claims that he himself lived on sultanas, bananas, peaches and cold McDonald’s for the fortnight they were there.
Sigrun Huld of Iceland took five individual and four relay gold medals at the 1992 PGames Madrid.
Wheelchair Tennis, which had been a demonstration event in Seoul four years earlier, became an official medal sport and was dominated by America and the Netherlands taking two gold medals each.
John Morgan and Bart Dodson, put in outstanding performances in the pool and on the track respectively, both leaving Barcelona with eight gold medals a piece.
Trish Zorn, John Morgan and Bart Dodson won nearly one-third of the Americans table topping gold medal count at the 1992 Summer Paralympics.
However, the organisers of the shoot decided that there would be an Olympic final shoot off and despite attempts to delay the start and find Isabel and her coach she arrived back at the range after the first shot had been fired, which cost her any chance of a medal. (3a/3a)
There was quite a bit of controversy in the Air Pistol competition as the rules state that there must be more than eight competitors for there to be an Olympic final and there were exactly eight entries. (1a/3a)
This was done in full view of the spectators, press and television. At the ICC meeting held on 13th September the committee voted to ban the Koreans from further competition for life. However, the letter that went out following the vote stated that the Korean athletes would be banned from the next Paralympic Games. (2/3)
Once again, for the third Games in a row the undoubted star of the show in 1992 Games in Barcelona was Trischa Zorn (USA), a visually impaired swimmer, who won eight individual and two relay gold medals as well as two silver medals.
The 1992 Games in Madrid also appear to have been partly hit by the fact the Special Olympics were due to be holding games in Barcelona that year. This appears to have caused some conflict, at least at the national level, in some countries as to which event they should attend.
On the track Lorena Milichi of Uruguay also won three gold medals from the 400m, high jump and 4 x 100m relay. She also took silver in the 100m and bronze in the 200m at the 1992 PGames Madrid.
A total of seventy-five nations from all five continents gathered in Madrid for the 1992 Games to compete in sixty-eight events spread over five sports. The countries with the largest teams were Great Britain (92), Spain (88), Poland (68), France (61), Brazil (58), Australia (52) and Japan (52) and those with the smallest teams were Estonia (3), Peru, Namibia (1) and Curaçao.
Independent Paralympic Participants Tihomir Bogdanovic (Men’s Long Jump B2), Miroslav Jancic (Men’s Discus B1) and Ljubomir Timotijevic (Men’s Shot B2) did not start the events they were entered in and, therefore, cannot be considered to have participated in Barcelona.
After finishing third in the preliminaries Isabel Newstead’s coach was told by the range officer that there would be no Olympic final and so thinking that she had won the bronze medal they went away to get some lunch. (2a/3a)
Thirty-one of the eighty two national teams competing in Barcelona took no female athletes with them and male athletes made up nearly seventy-seven percent of the participants,showing that there was still a long way to go in developing sport for women with disabilities.
The first three positive doping tests ever recorded at a Paralympic Games occurred in Barcelona. They were a shot putter, a judo player and a wheelchair basketball player from the USA, David Kiley. (1/2)
At the 1992 Paralympics Madrid, Britain’s 5-a-side football quarter final against host nation and tournament favourites Spain was mired in controversy with five players being booked, one being sent off and the match lasting a total of two hours and twelve minutes. (1C/3C)
Kiley's positive test for a banned substance led to the disqualification the American men’s wheelchair basketball team who had won the gold medal in Seoul and a request for the whole team to return their medals in order that they could be re-distributed to the Dutch team they had beaten in the final. (2/2)
Because of this administrative error and the fact it was discussed at the very last ICC meeting in Larnaca, Cyprus, it was decided to hand the matter over to the boccia committee of the International Paralympic Committee. (3/3)
In the table tennis George Zlat of Romania in the men’s events and Zhan Luo of China in the women’s events both went home with three gold medals from the singles, doubles and team events at the 1992 Pgames Madrid.
The first three athletes with an intellectual disability to win medals in the history of the Paralympic Games were Joseph Walker (AUS) (Gold), Damian Huber (ARG) (Silver) and Joshua Hoffer (AUS) (Bronze) in the men’s 200m freestyle swimming. The medals were presented by Jerry Wolsh and Wim Zonneveld, honorary members of INAS-FMH.
An athlete protested over rule changes to a sport. This protest was absent any greater context of disability rights, but based only on Games specific disability issues.