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Paralympics: London to bid Games farewell

Published on Sep 9, 2012 3:25 PM
 
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius crosses the line to win gold in the men's 400m - T44 final during the athletics competition at the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in east London on Sept 8, 2012. The Paralympic flame will be extinguished in London on Sunday after the final day of competition at the Games, bringing down the curtain on a summer of elite sport in the British capital. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - The Paralympic flame will be extinguished in London on Sunday after the final day of competition at the Games, bringing down the curtain on a summer of elite sport in the British capital.

The world's best wheelchair, amputee, blind and visually impaired marathon racers compete in central London from 0700 GMT (3pm Singapore time), taking the festival of disabled sport to the public, with large crowds expected.

In seven-a-side football, Russia are out for revenge over Ukraine in a repeat of the Beijing final four years ago, while Australia take on Canada for "murderball" - wheelchair rugby - gold. With 11 days of sport and the biggest, most high-profile Paralympics in the Games' 52-year history at an end, attention then turns to the closing ceremony, which takes place in the Olympic Stadium from 1930 GMT.

Organisers have promised that the show, headlined by British band Coldplay, will be a celebratory farewell and look ahead to the next competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016. "We have taken the flame, being part of and representing the human spirit that brings so much power to these Games, and really focused towards the flame going out. That's our emotion," said co-artistic director Kim Gavin.

 
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