Rio Paralympics 2016

Paralympics come to close in ceremony tinged with sadness

After 11 days of action, the Games were brought to a close with a plethora of pyrotechnics, while the athletes and spectators were also treated to a variety of musical performances.

But it was a celebration tinged with sadness, with a moment of silence held for Iranian para-cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, who died following a crash in the men's cycling C4-5 road race on Saturday.

Rio Paralympics 2016: Rachel Morris leads triple gold for GB's rowers

Rachel Morris led GB's rowing success with arms-shoulders single sculls gold.

Lauren Rowles and Laurence Whiteley won the trunk-and-arms mixed double sculls and the mixed coxed four added a third gold for ParalympicsGB.

In track cycling, Lora Turnham won the B 3km individual pursuit and the men's C1-5 team claimed sprint gold in a world record time.

Pacific athletes underway at Rio Paralympics

RNZ reports Papua New Guinea's Joyleen Jeffrey ran a season best time in the women's 100m T12 event at the Olympic Stadium.

The 26 year old finished third in her heat in 15.33 seconds but failed to qualify for the semi finals.

Jeffrey, who is also entered in the 200m event, was the slowest of the 11 athletes to complete the race, while one competitor from Ukraine was disqualified and a Frenchwoman failed to start.

Fiji's Merewalesi Roden was beaten in straight sets, 11-2 11-3 11-5, by Young-A Jung from South Korea in the Class 5 women's table tennis singles.

Rio Paralympics 2016: Brazil president booed at opening ceremony

Thousands of performers were involved either side of the two-hour procession of competing countries at the Maracana.


Competition begins on Thursday, when Britain's Dame Sarah Storey can become the most successful female Paralympian.

Storey goes for gold in the C5 pursuit (qualifying: 15:19 BST, finals: 21:12).