London 2012

Top 10 Paralympians

Ahead of the London Games, here is a look at the greatest competitors in the history of the Paralympics.

Last Updated: 23/08/12 1:08pm

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Oscar Pistorius

The South African runner has become a symbol for the Paralympic movement. The double amputee known as 'the Blade Runner' has won four Paralympic titles and competed in the 400metres at the London Olympics.

Tanni Grey-Thompson
Britain's most famous Paralympian was a wheelchair racer who claimed 11 gold medals. She also won four silvers and a bronze.
Natalie du Toit

The South African amputee swimmer is a 10-time Paralympic champion in the pool and competed in the 10-kilometre open water event in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Lee Pearson

The Staffordshire equestrian competitor has a 100% record from three Games of nine wins from nine events.

Chantal Petitclerc

The Canadian was a dominant force in wheelchair racing from 1996 to 2008, winning 14 gold medals in a stellar career.

David Roberts

The Welsh swimmer won 11 gold medals across three Games in the pool, but missed out on selection for London 2012 after injury and illness disrupted preparations.

Natalia Partyka

The Polish table tennis ace is a multiple Paralympic champion and competed in the singles events at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Sarah Storey

Made her Paralympic debut in Barcelona aged 14 and won five gold, eight silver and three bronze in four Games as a swimmer before switching to the bike and winning two gold medals in Beijing.

Esther Vergeer

The Dutch wheelchair tennis player, Paralympic champion in Sydney, Athens and Beijing, has a remarkable singles winning streak of more than 450 consecutive matches.

Wang Xiaofu

A multiple Paralympic champion, the swimmer was China's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Games, when the hosts won 89 gold medals.

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