The last final of the World Championships before the marathon on Sunday

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The day in numbers:

3: the number of world records broken this afternoon with Laouhri Bahlaz (ALG, F32-33-34) discus throw (22m75), Marta Prokofyeva (RUS) F12 shot put (13m12) and Dmitrii Safronov (RUS) in the  200m T35 (24″69).

6: The number of titles Tatyana McFadden won during these championships, completing her gold collection with the T54 400m today. She is invincible from the 100m to the 5000m.

5: races won by Raymond Martin since the start of the championships, today he won the 400m T52.

4’40″50: the time of Poland’s Barbara Niewiedzial (T20) who became Paralympic champion of the 1500m

4: the number of Walid Ktila’s (Tun, T34) gold medals. The athlete won the title by finishing first in the 400m this afternoon in 53″61

3500: the number of spectators applauding Matthew Cameron (AUS T54) who, after his fall during the 4x400m wheelchair relay decided to finish the race on his knees using his hands.

53: the number of medals that Russia won at these championships including 26 gold medals –ranked first in the medal count-.

Call him King Hug !

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Swiss Marcel Hug took his fifth gold medal (out of 6 medals in total) during these championships. He won the wheelchair marathon in an impressive 1h28min44sec. despite of the tough circuit and the heat in Lyon this morning.

The « Silver bullet » with reference to his silver helmet appeared to be the front runner from the beginning of the race. The gap widened between the athletes while running the first long uphill that clearly increased the difficulty of the circuit made of 2 small laps and 4 big laps. Soon the number of competitors fell to five. Then, Hug rapidly found himself alone and gained a 40 sec edge over his rivals.

The Helvetian 27-year-old athlete went it alone and did not give it up. Instead he added one more medal to his collection. Later, Polish Tomasz Hamerlak and Japonese Kota Okinoue fought for the podium during the final sprint. Poland took silver whereas Japan took bronze. As far as French are concerned, Denis Lemeunier finished seventh.

Among women athletes, Swiss Mélanie Schauer went ahead Japonese Wakako Wutshida and Swiss Edith Wolf winning the sprint in 1h49min45sec.

Regarding standing category, Morrocan El Amin Chentouf (T12) managed to run 42.195 km in 2h29min47sec, thus winning his third gold medal during the 5,000m and 1,000m. Among T11, Chile’s Cristian Valenzuela outsprinted his opponents in 2h44min33sec whereas in T46, Italy’s Alessandro di Lello managed a superb 2h33min42sec.

End of the story

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What’s to remember of these sixth IPC World Championships

There were so many numbers and emotions that it would be nearly impossible putting it in writing.

For sure, the heat during the entire duration of the competition in the venue of the Stade du Rhone did not prevent the athletes from breaking records, 52 of them were broken indeed in addition to an incredible number of championships records. The volunteers did an exemplary work regardless of the duties they were assigned to and most particularly in the entertainment village under the blazing sun.

Among all performances, one may recall Brazil’s Alan Oliveira (T43) running the 200m in 20sec66 and Germany’s Markus Rehm (T44) in long jump with a leap of 7.95m. Not to mention American Tatyana McFadden’s 6 titles (T54), the 5 titles of Swiss Marcel Hug (T54) and of American Raymond Martin (T52). Finally, Maciej Lepiato (POL, T44) impressed with a 2 .13m leap in high jump.

Emphasis was shortly put on these records according to personal choices. But all show the level of the competition. All of the athletes gave their best and showed a lot of sportsmanship whether they won medals or not.

Regarding France, they France took 14 medals 3 of which are gold. It is said that 40,000 people came to watch the championships and support and cheer on the national team. French showed great talent. All they have to do now is to keep on focusing on Rio 2016.

The organization had to cope with the heat as well as minor unforeseen problems. At least they were hardly noticeable for an outsider. Mission accomplished!

When leaving Lyon, everyone will surely remember exceptional moments. Sleep may overtake you quickly too!

Sport and sharing were the watchwords over the past 10 intense days, which took 2 years to spawn to live.

Time flew!

The competition venue

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The “Stade du Rhône” at the heart of the “Parc de Parilly” in the South of Lyon surroundingslocated in between two municipalities (Bron and Vénissieux), will welcome 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon.

The “Parc de Parilly” large grassy area, and belongs to the Rhône Department. It is composed by a wooded zone which covers the majority of the 178 hectares of the park, and an area dedicated to sport activities, including many equipments, where the « Stade du Rhône » is. The racecourse of Lyon-Parilly is located in the centre of the Park and managed by the Races Company of Lyon. The sport area structures is 2-km long and the entire park is about 5 km.

The “Parc de Parilly” is appreciated by numerous athletes for its pure air.    


The “Stade du Rhône” has a 8 lanes track in the international standards which welcomes demonstrations all year long, including 4 or 5 regional, national and even European gatherings but also 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships Lyon, then World veterans championships in 2015. There is also a 400 m track in free access all year long, with 3 lanes (synthetic ring), which enables the athletes to train in good conditions.

The park also includes 10 football fields, 12 basketball fields, a volleyball court, a rugby field, 6 handball fields, 1 soft-ball ground and cricket too. Bodybuilding and stretching places are also freely accessible and outdoors intergenerational devices of soft and playful gymnastics are available too.

If the “Parc de Parilly” and the “Stade du Rhône” will welcome main big tent for catering and the various World Championships activities (partners village, demonstrations, shop), a well-organised system has been set up for transportation and accommodation in order to welcome delegations, the Paralympic IPC family, foreign supporters and media representatives in optimal conditions, including short journey times between accommodation and competition sites with accommodated transports.

25 hotelsincluding 7 reserved to the Medias and 2 for the officials and the Paralympic IPC family, are spread over 3 big poles of accommodation:

1. The Southern Pole (Bron / Chaponnay): between 5 and 15 km from the competition site. Journey time : 8-15 minutes.
2. The Center Pole (Part-Dieu): between 7 and 8 km from the site of competition site. Journey time : 20 minutes approximately.
3. The Eastern Pole (Perrache, Gerland): between 7 and 8 km from the site of competition site. Journey time : 20 minutes approximately.


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Athletics is the most popular para-sport in terms of spectators and athletes and countries taking part. It made its Paralympic Games debut in Rome, Italy in 1960 and has remained since.

 The sport features the following events:
– Track events: Sprint (100m, 200m, 400m); middle distance (800m, 1,500m); long distance (5,000m, 10,000m) and relay races (4x100m, 4x400m)
– Road event: Marathon
– Field events: High jump, long jump, triple jump, discus, shot put, javelin, club throw
– Combined events: Pentathlon


he sport is governed by IPC Athletics, who act as the International Federation. Rules are defined by IPC Athletics.

The rules are broadly similar to those of the IAAF, however afew adjustments need to be made in order to enable as many athletes as possible to have access to the sport. These rules mainly concern guides or assistance for the visually impaired, races and throws in wheelchairs, weights and throwing devices and events that are open according to which classification the athlete is placed in..

The IPC rules can be viewed online at


– Paraplegia, tetraplegia and assimilated impairments: wheelchair practice.

– Amputations and assimilated impairments: according to amputation level and number: – – Standing practice.

– Visual impairment or blindness, accompanied by a guide or not.

– Cerebral palsy (CP): according to the impairment level. Standing or wheelchair practice.

– Mental or physical impairment

– Dwarfism (throwing only).


– Wheelchair practice: specific device (rigid frame, three wheels) and accessories (helmet and strong gloves).

– Standing practice for amputated lower limbs: specific composite material, energy-restitution prosthesis (carbon fibre, Aramid, Kevlar).

About us

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The 2013 International Paralympic Committeee (IPC) Athletics World Championships will be hosted by France and organised through the French Handisport Federation, in collaboration with the Rhône-Alpes Athletics League, the Rhône-Alpes Handisport League and the participation of the Rhône-Alpes League for adapted sports. It follows the incredibly successful London 2012 Paralympic Games and will be the biggest gathering of international athletes since the Games took place.


1,300 athletes and more than 700 official representatives and staff members coming from 90 countries are expected at the “Stade du Rhône” located at the centre of the “Parc de Parilly” (Bron- Vénissieux) for a 9-day competition, which will see 214 gold medals won.

The event is organised by the IPC and by the French Paralympic and Sport Committee.  It is funded by the state through the Ministry of Sport,Youth, Popular Education and Community Life, the CNDS, the Rhône-Alpes Regional Council, the Rhône General Council and the city of Lyon.

Lyon 2013 follows the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships which were held In Christchurch, New Zealand and is the first step on the road to the next Paralympic Games in Rio 2016. After the success of the athletics world championships in Lille, 2002, Lyon will be the second largest international para-athletics competition in France after the Paralympic Games.

The event will be a unique opportunity to raise the general public’s awareness of para-sport regionally, in France and around the world. Beyond the World Village and the activities planned during the competition, several events will take place with children and young people from the local area.

The organisation of the event is undertaken by a specially created team (the Local Organising Committeee – LOC) made up of the French Handisport Federation, its regional league, the Rhône-Alpes Athletics League and the Rhône-Alpes League for Adapted Sport.


Access to ceremonies and competitions will be free for the public.



Monday, July 15th
Friday, July 19th
Saturday, July 20th
Sunday, July 28th
Arrival of the first delegations in France
Opening ceremony at the « Stade du Rhône »
Beginning of the competitions at the « Stade du Rhône »

28 july 2013

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