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The 2012 Summer Paralympic Games, the fourteenth Summer Paralympic Games, are taking place between 29 August and 9 September, as governed by the International Paralympic Committee. They are being held …

The 2012 Summer Paralympic Games, the fourteenth Summer Paralympic Games, are taking place between 29 August and 9 September, as governed by the International Paralympic Committee. They are being held in London, United Kingdom, after the city was successful with its bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. It is the second-largest multi-sport event ever held in the United Kingdom after the Summer Olympics, and is expected to be the largest and most commercially successful Paralympics ever; prior to the Games the IPC estimated that over 4,200 athletes from 164 nations would compete. Growing interest in Paralympic sport worldwide and Great Britain's success during the recent Summer Olympics helped contribute to a significantly higher demand for tickets than ever before, breaking numerous sales records

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  • 1. Click to continueChinas Gu Xiao Fei celebrates taking silver in the mens -82.50kg powerlifting event during the medal ceremony at the 2012 Paralympics, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, in London.
  • 2. New Zealands Peter Martin competes in the mens javelin throw F52/53 at the 2012 Paralympics in London, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012
  • 3. Brazils Felipe Gomes (L) and guide Leonardo Souza Lopes (R) compete in the mens 200m T11 semi-final during the athletics competition at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the Olympic Stadium in east London on September 4, 2012.
  • 4. United States Tanner Gers competes in the mens long jump F11 at the 2012 Paralympics in London, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012
  • 5. Chinas Li Huzhao leads the way during the mens 800m T53 round 1 during the athletics competition at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the Olympic Stadium in east London on September 4, 2012.
  • 6. Venezuelas Jesus Aguilar raises his wheelchair after crashing just before the finish line during the mens 800mT53 round 1 during the athletics competition at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the Olympic Stadium in east London on September 4, 2012.
  • 7. Cubas Yunidis Castillo celebrates wins the womens 100m T46 round 1 heat 2 during the athletics competition at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the Olympic Stadium in east London on September 4, 2012.
  • 8. Mexicos Jorge Benjamin Gonzalez Sauceda takes part in the mens 400m T12 semi-final beneath the Paralympic Flame during the athletics competition at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the Olympic Stadium in east London on September 4, 2012.
  • 9. Dirceu Jose Pinto and Eliseu Dos Santos of Brazil celebrate winning gold in Mixed Pairs Boccia - BC4 on day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at ExCel on September 4, 2012 in London, England.
  • 10. David Grachat of Portugal, Kristijan Vincetic of Croatia, Brenden Hall of Australia, Jesus Collado of Spain, Kasper Zysek of Denmark and Eduard Samarin of Russia compete in the Mens 400m Freestyle - S9 heat 2 on day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Aquatics Centre on September 4, 2012 in London, England.
  • 11. Sheila Finder of Brazil, Carlee Beattie of Australia and Katarzyna Piekart of Poland compete in the Womens 100m - T46 heats on day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 4, 2012 in London, England.
  • 12. Kahraman Kurbetoglu of Turkey misses the ball attempting to shoot against France in their mens Team Football 5-a-side - B1preliminary match on day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Park on September 4, 2012 in London, England.
  • 13. Jesus Aguilar of Venezuela crashes as he goes over the line to finish in the Mens 800m - T53 heats on day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 4, 2012 in London, England.
  • 14. Prince Harry poses for photgraphs with Great Britain swimming gold medalist Jessica-Jane Applegate (L) on day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on September 4, 2012 in London, England.
  • 15. Ruslan Katyshev of Ukraine is watched by his guide as he competes in the Mens Long Jump - F11 Final on day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 4, 2012 in London, England.
  • 16. Josh Vander Vies of Canada competes during the Mixed Pairs Boccia - BC4 bronze medal final on day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at ExCel on September 4, 2012 in London, England
  • 17. Brazils Odair Santos, right, runs runs with is guide as competes at the mens 1500m T11 round 1 race, at the 2012 Paralympics in London, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.
  • 18. Ukraines Mariia Pomazan, center, who won the gold medal at the womens discus throw F35/36 event, accompanied by ChinasQing Wu, left, who won the silver medal, and Chinas Jiongyu Bao, right, who won the bronze pose for the photographers during the events medal ceremony at the 2012 Paralympics in London, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.
  • 19. Iraqs Hussein Kadhim kneels to kiss the ground as he celebrates after winning the mens 400m T13 round 1 race, at the 2012 Paralympics in London, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012
  • 20. (L-R) Japans Haruka Kitaura, Britains Melissa Nicholls, Canadas Rachael Burrows and Australian Kristy Pond compete in the womens 100m-T34 athletics heat during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London on August 31, 2012.
  • 21. Evan OHanlon of Australia (R) celebrates winning the mens 100m T38 classification final in a world record time at the Olympic Stadium during the London 2012 Paralympic Games September 1, 2012.
  • 22. Columbias Martha Liliana Hernandez Florian competes during the Womens Discus Throw F35/36 Final during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park in east London, on August 31, 2012.
  • 23. Frances Frederic Villeroux (R) vies for the ball with Brazils Cassio Lopez dos Reis (L) during the 5-a-sidepreliminary football match between Brazil and France during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park in east London on August 31, 2012.
  • 24. Great Britains Aled Davies competes during the Mens Shot Put F42/44 Final during the London 2012 ParalympicGames at the Olympic Park in east London, on August 31, 2012. Davies finished in third place to win the bronze medal with a throw of 13.78 metres.
  • 25. Rowers prepare to race in the AS Mixed Double Sculls Heat 2 during the London 2012 Paralympic games rowing event at Eton Dorney rowing centre, west of London, on August 31, 2012
  • 26. Denmarks Mikael Andersen (R) recovers at the end of his race with his guide following the mens 1500m-T11 round 1 athletics Heat 2 during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium, in London on August 31, 2012
  • 27. Amy Siemons (R) of The Netherlands competes during the Womens 100 metres T34 round 1 athletics event during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park in east London, on August 31, 2012
  • 28. Mark Lee Colbourne of Great Britain celebrates after winning gold in the Mens Individual Cycling C1 Pursuit finalon day 2 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Velodrome on August 31, 2012 in London, England. In winning the race Colbourne set a new world record time of 3:53.881.
  • 29. Gilberto Lourenco of Brazil and teammate Giovani De Freitas block during the Womens Sitting Volleyball Preliminaries Pool A match between Great Britain and Ukraine on day 2 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at ExCel on August 31, 2012 in London, England.
  • 30. Natalia Partyka of Poland serves during her Womens Singles C10 table tennis classification match against Umran Ertis of Turkey at the London 2012 Paralympic Games August 30, 2012. The world number one who was a gold medallist both in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2004 Athens Olympics, is also the only female athlete to be competing in both the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • 31. Abdulla Sultan Alaryani of United Arab Emirates during the Mens R1-10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 Final on day 2 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at The Royal Artillery Barracks on August 31, 2012 in London, England.
  • 32. Sam Hynd of Great Britain in action during the Mens 400m Freestyle heats on day 2 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Aquatics Centre on August 31, 2012 in London, England.
  • 33. Andrea Green of Great Britain and teammates Emma Wiggs and Nicole Hill block during the Womens SittingVolleyball Preliminaries Pool A match between Great Britain and Ukraine on day 2 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at ExCel on August 31, 2012 in London, England.
  • 34. Katie George Dunlevy and Sandra Fitzgerald of Ireland compete in the Womens Individual B 1km Cycling Time Trial qualification on day 2 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Velodrome on August 31, 2012 in London, England.
  • 35. US player Sarah Binsfeld (L) is blocked Frances Dorothee Meriau (R) in their preliminary womens wheelchair basketball group B match during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the North Greenwich Arena in London on August 30, 2012.
  • 36. Gold medalists Pilot Scott McPhee and Kieran Modra of Australia pose on the podium during the victory ceremony for the Mens Individual B Pursuit on day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Velodrome on August 30, 2012 in London, England.
  • 37. Silver medalist Mark Lee Colbourne of Great Britain, gold medalist Zhangyu Li of China and bronze medalistTobias Graf of Germany pose on the podium for the Mens Individual C1-2-3 1km Cycling Time Trial on day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Velodrome on August 30, 2012 in London, England.
  • 38. Joseph Chambers, right, of the United States shoots at the basket as Turkeys Cem Gezinci attempts to block during their mens wheelchair basketball group A preliminary round match at the 2012 Paralympics games, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London.
  • 39. US archer Matt Stutzman competes in the mens archery individual compound-open ranking round during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London on August 30, 2012.
  • 40. Brazils Terezinha Guilhermina (L) celebrates winning the Womens 400m T12 classification final with her guide during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium September 2, 2012.
  • 41. Chinas Wei Yanpeng competes in the mens 100m Butterfly S8 category at the 2012 Paralympics Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London.
  • 42. Netherlands Cher Korver shoots for a basket against Britain in their preliminary womens wheelchair basketball group A match during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the North Greenwich Arena in London on August 30, 2012
  • 43. A general view of the womens shooting R2-10m air rifle standing-SH1 final during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London on August 30, 2012.
  • 44. Spains Rafael Muino Gamez (L) collides with Italys Damiano Airoldi (R) during their preliminary mens group A wheelchair basketball match during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the North Greenwich Arena in London on August 30, 2012.
  • 45. US cyclists Clark Rachfal (L) and David Swanson (R) compete in the mens individual B pursuit qualifying cycling event during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Parks Velodrome in east London on August 30, 2012.
  • 46. Joseph Berenyi of United States competes in the Mens Individual C1-2-3 1km Cycling Time Trial final on day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Velodrome on August 30, 2012 in London, England.
  • 47. Natalia Partyka of Poland serves in her Womens Singles C10 classification table tennis final against Yang Qian of China at the London 2012 Paralympic Games September 3, 2012. Partyka won the gold medal, and is also the only female athlete to be competing in both the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • 48. Chinas Dang Shibei (L) and Australias Natalie Smith compete in the Womens R2-10m Air Rifle standing-SH1 shooting event on the opening day of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London, on August 30, 2012.
  • 49. Ron Hawthorne of the United States competes against Xiaodong Li of China during the Mens -60 kg Judo quarter final on day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at ExCel on August 30, 2012 in London, England.
  • 50. Jerry Shields of the USA competes in the Mens Individual Compound W1 classification ranking round match on day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at The Royal Artillery Barracks on August 30, 2012 in London, England.
  • 51. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) take part in a Mexican wave as they watch the cycling in the Velodrome during Day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on August 30, 2012 in London, England.
  • 52. Manuela Schmermund of Germany, Cuiping Zhang of China and Natalie Smith of Australia pose together after the Womens R2-10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 Finals on day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at The Royal Artillery Barracks on August 30, 2012 in London, England.
  • 53. Sara Head of Great Britain celebrates a point as competes against Hyun Ja Choi of the Republic of Korea on day 1 of the Table Tennis tournament at the London 2012 Paralympic Games at ExCel on August 30, 2012 in London, England.
  • 54. Crystal Lane of Great Britain competes in the Womens Individual C5 Pursuit qualification round on day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Velodrome on August 30, 2012 in London, England.
  • 55. Jonathan Fox of Great Britain prepares to compete in the Mens 100m Backstroke - S7 heat 2 on day 1 of theLondon 2012 Paralympic Games at Aquatics Centre on August 30, 2012 in London, England. In winning the heat Fox set a new world record time of 1:09.86
  • 56. Jarno Mattila (R) and Toni Alenius of Brazil fail to stop a goal during the Mens Group A Goalball match between Finland and Brazil on day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at The Copper Box on August 30, 2012 in London, England.
  • 57. Nikos You Can Keep Listening To The Music Or Press ‘Esc’ To Exit COPYRIGHTS TO ALL PHOTOS AND MUSIC BELONG TO THE ORIGINAL AUTHORS.Spains Sarai Gascon competes during the womens S9 100m butterfly swimming heats during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Parks Aquatics Centre in east London on August 30, 2012.