1996 Paralympics
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Atlanta, Georgia: August 15, 1996 - August 25, 1996


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August 26, 1996

Sun sets on golden Paralympics for Canada

 ATLANTA (CP) -- Toronto's Brent McMahon and Clayton Gerein of Pilot Butte, Sask., combined their efforts to finish 1-2 in the men's wheelchair race marathon Sunday to cap a very successful Paralympic Games for Canada.
 In swimming Tony Alexander won gold in the 50-metre freestyle while Walter Wu of Richmond, B.C., and Marie Claire Ross of London, Ont., each won their sixth medals of the Games, tops on the Canadian team, with bronze medals in their respective 50 freestyles.
 The 132-member Canadian team won 69 medals -- 24 gold, 21 silver, 24 bronze -- over 10 days of competition and placed seventh in the overall medal standings out of 120 countries.
 In the wheelchair marathon, McMahon, who has lived in Atlanta the past four years, put to good use his knowledge of the local roads.
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    Paralympians look ahead to Sydney

     ATLANTA (AP) -- The party's over -- for real, this time. Atlanta's summer of international sports came to a close Sunday as Paralympic organizers looked back on 10 days worth of world-class games and glitches, and the athletes got ready to boogie.
     Thousands of disabled athletes from more than 120 nations gathered on the floor of a rapidly filling Olympic Stadium in a Mardi Gras-style celebration. A procession of multicolored floats, Caribbean dancers and bands danced around the track in costumes of gold, sapphire and silver.
     "It's going to be sad to see this all go away," said spectator Heidi Zakaluzny, as magenta and white fireworks exploded in the sky. "I've never seen Atlantahave so much culture. Now, it's going to go back to the boring, business city that it was."
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