At Rio Paralympics, athletes take record-breaking to new level

More than 214 records fall in the first six days of competition.

From the Washington Post, September 13, 2016

Vanessa Low is shown competing in the long jump competition

Vanessa Low of Germany sets a world record in the long jump at the
Paralympic Games in Brazil. (Photo by Jens Buttner/European Pressphoto Agency)

The 2016 Olympics were filled with record-breaking moments, but they pale compared with this year’s Paralympic Games.

The Paralympics, which feature athletes with disabilities, have seen 132 world records and 214 Paralympic records fall. That tally accounts for only the first six days of the competitions, which continue through Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

If the pace continues, the results in Rio will pass the 314 Paralympic marks that fell at the 2012 event in London. The number of broken world records would be about the same.

During last month’s Games, also held in Rio, athletes broke 60 Olympic records and 19 world records.

Craig Spence, a spokesman for the International Paralympic Committee, said the event is still developing, which accounts for the high numbers.

“Maybe in a generation’s time we’ll see the number of world records reduce,” he said, “but at the moment we still see quite a lot.”

It’s certain that records will be set in two events: canoeing and paratriathlon. Those events were added to the Paralympic Games just this year.

— Wire and staff reports

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