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As the Paralympics draw to a close, Skysports.com looks back at some of the memerable moments from the London Games.

Last Updated: 09/09/12 7:34pm

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MATT STUTZMAN (Archery - USA):
To win an archery medal with no arms seems like it ought to be impossible, but as Stutzman says on his website "impossible is a state of mind". The 'Armless Archer' uses his feet to lift the bow and hold it in place, pulls back the string using an aid attached to his shoulder and releases the arrow with a movement of his jaw. Stutzman developed the technique in part so he did not have to use his teeth and risk possible damage. "I like my teeth a lot," he said. Stutzman took silver.

LI DUAN (Athletics - China):
The visually impaired long jump and triple jump were among the biggest hits with Olympic Stadium crowds - and there was no doubting who was the star of both. In an event that requires silence so the athletes can hear their guides, Li stood on the runway, still wearing his trousers, and extravagantly shushed the crowd. Then he whipped off his trousers Bucks Fizz-style, bringing cheers of delight from the crowd each time, before quieting them again in readiness for his jump. Li left London with a silver and a bronze.

AHMED NAAS (Athletics - Iraq):
He may have had to settle for javelin silver, but Iraq's Naas showed he was the king of celebrations. The 20-year-old, who has dwarfism, threw a new F40 javelin world record of 43.27 metres with his fifth effort of the competition, and marked it with a triple cartwheel before falling to his knees. The celebration was greeted with cheers from the crowd, but the gold medal did not follow as China's Wang Zhiming bettered his effort.

HASSANI AHAMADA DJAE (Swimming - Comoros):
Lots of athletes are said to have the hopes of a nation on their shoulders, but when you are your country's only representative at a major Games, the feeling must be even more acute. Perhaps that was the reason behind Ahamada Djae's false start in his only event, the S9 50m freestyle. He was automatically disqualified, but that didn't stop him swimming the length of the Olympic pool anyway, roared on by the fans in the Aquatics Centre.

DAVID WETHERILL (Table tennis - Great Britain):
Will Bayley, who leaves with two medals to his name, may be the most high profile of Great Britain's table tennis players, but he's not an internet sensation. That honour goes to Wetherill, whose astonishing forehand against Germany's Thomasz Kusiak has become a massive YouTube hit. Wetherill, who plays with a crutch because of a bone disorder, dived full length to his right to retrieve a ball which seemed to be beyond him, sending it back across the net for a winner which just clipped the side of the table. Even Kusiak's coach applauded. The video has been viewed five million times and counting.

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