The 52 best pictures of the Rio Paralympics

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The Rio Paralympics have now concluded with China leading the way, winning 107 gold medals and 239 medals overall.

Along the way, the games produced some incredible photos.

From Amy Purdy’s walk during the opening ceremony, to the many awesome celebrations and amazing displays of athleticism, here are the best photos of the Rio Paralympics from Getty Images, the Associated Press, and Reuters.


Brazilian swimmer Clodoaldo Silva lights the cauldron during the Opening Ceremony

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Fireworks go off above Maracana Stadium.

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In a move that mirrored the walk by Gisele Bündchen during the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics, snowboarder and model Amy Purdy walked across the stage during the opening of the Rio Paralympics.

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She even danced with a robot.

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A performer on a wheelchair went off a ramp during the opening ceremony.

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Competitors wait in line before the start of the men’s javelin.

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David Brown, who has been blind since he was 13, competes in the men’s 200 meters.

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Members of Team France and Team USA compete in mixed wheelchair rugby.

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Daniel Dias of Brazil competes in the men’s 200-meter freestyle.

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Jody Cundy of Team Great Britain competes in a time trial at the velodrome.

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Jonnie Peacock of Team Great Britain (right) won his second-straight gold medal in the men’s 100 meters.

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Lucas Sithole of South Africa and Ymanitu Silva of Brazil hug after competing in wheelchair tennis.

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Kadeena Cox celebrates her gold medal in cycling.

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Vanessa Low of Germany poses in front of the scoreboard announcing her world record in the women’s long jump.

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Silver medalist Hailey Danisewicz (left), Gold medalist Allysa Seely (center), and Bronze medalist Melissa Stockwell (right), all of Team USA, celebrate their medals in the women’s triathlon.

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Richard Whitehead of Great Britain races to the finish line.

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He won his second-straight gold medal in the 200 meters.

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Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha of Singapore competes in boccia, a sport similar to bocce for people with severe physical disabilities.

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Silver medalist Claire Cashmore of Great Britain (left), gold medalist Katarina Roxon of Canada (center), and bronze medalist Ellen Keane of Ireland (right) celebrate their medals won during the 100-meter breaststroke.

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Andreas Onea of Austria competes in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke.

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Two wheelchair racers compete in a road race.

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Terezinha Guilhermina of Brazil prepares for the women’s 400 meters.

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Visually impaired Paralympians are helped around the track by guides.

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Matija Sloup of Croatia competes in the men’s shot put.

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Members of Team USA celebrate winning gold in wheelchair basketball.

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Jeff Fabry of Team USA competes in archery.

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Marc Evers of the Netherlands breaks the surface of the water in the men’s 200-meter individual medley.

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Iran wins gold in sitting volleyball.

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Two racers compete in the wheelchair marathon.

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Marcel Hug, the “Swiss Silver Bullet” won gold in the wheelchair marathon.

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Regas Woods of Team USA competes in the men’s long jump.

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Ibrahim Hamadtou, a 43-year-old Egyptian, competes in table tennis despite not having arms.

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Fujita Masaki of Japan waves after competing in the velodrome.

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Members of Team Canada pose with their bronze medals in rowing.

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Competitors race up the beach in the women’s triathlon.

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Vasileios Ntounis Greece competes with Tian Jianquan of China in fencing.

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Antonio Leme won gold in boccia.

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Samwel Mushai Kimani of Kenya wins the gold medal in the 1,500 meters.

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Guo Chunliang of China competes in the men’s javelin.

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A fish-eye view of the men’s long jump.

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Cyclists compete in a road race.

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China’s Yan Zhiqiang celebrates during the bronze-medal match in boccia.

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Men’s wheelchair basketball team player Adam Lancia of Canada kisses his wife Jamey Jewells who plays for the women’s team.

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Rebecca Murray Team USA is sandwiched during a wheelchair basketball game.

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Members of the Team Great Britain men’s wheelchair basketball team pose for selfies after a game.

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China and Argentina compete in the bronze-medal match in soccer.

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Italy’s Beatrice Vio celebrates winning the bronze medal in wheelchair fencing.

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Members of Team Iran’s sitting volleyball team observe a moment of silence for Iranian cyclist Sarafraz Bahman Golbarnezhad who died of a heart attack following a crash at the Rio Paralympics.

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Ryley Batt of Australia celebrates winning a gold medal in rugby.

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Ali Jawad of Great Britain after a successful lift in power lifting.

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Jeroen Teeuwen of the Netherlands clears the bar in the high jump.

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The Paralympians pass the torch for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

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