Athletics at the 2008 Summer Paralympics
at the XIII Paralympic Games
|Venue||Beijing National Stadium|
|Dates||8–17 September 2008|
|Competitors||1028 from 111 nations|
|Athletics at the|
2008 Summer Paralympics
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men|
Athletes are given a classification depending on the type and extent of their disability. The classification system allows athletes to compete against others with a similar level of function.
The athletics classifications are:
- 11–13: Blind athletes
- 32–38: Athletes with cerebral palsy
- 40: Les Autres (others) (including people with dwarfism)
- 42–46: Amputees
- 51–58: Athletes with a spinal cord disability
The class numbers are given prefixes of "T", "F" and "P" for track, field and pentathlon events, respectively.
For each of the events below, medals are contested for one or more of the above classifications.
Track events - Men
Track events - Women
Field events - Men
Field events - Women
There were 1028 athletes (696 male, 332 female) from 111 countries taking part in the athletics competitions.
This ranking sorts countries by the number of gold medals earned by their athletes (in this context a nation is an entity represented by a National Paralympic Committee). The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze medals. If, after the above, countries are still tied, equal ranking is given and they are listed alphabetically.
|3||South Africa (RSA)||10||2||4||16|
|5||United States (USA)||9||14||5||28|
|18||Great Britain (GBR)||2||7||8||17|
|Saudi Arabia (KSA)||1||1||0||2|
|36||Czech Republic (CZE)||1||0||8||9|
|37||South Korea (KOR)||1||0||3||4|
|38||Hong Kong (HKG)||1||0||1||2|
|New Zealand (NZL)||0||1||0||1|
|Papua New Guinea (PNG)||0||1||0||1|
|Totals (56 nations)||162||168||160||490|
- *David Weir was initially awarded the gold medal in the men's 800 m T54 but a re-run of the race was ordered after a lane violation was discovered. However, following a letter from Kurt Fearnley and the Australian authorities to the IPC, asking that, in the spirit of sportsmanship, the result not be overturned the re-run was cancelled and the medals reinstated.
† Diane Roy was initially awarded the gold, Shelly Woods the silver and Amanda McGrory the bronze in the women's 5000 m T54. However a re-run of the race was ordered by the International Paralympic Committee following protests by the Australian, US and Swiss teams after 6 competitors were involved in a crash on the penultimate lap. The re-run race resulted in the same three athletes winning medals but in a different order.
†† Rebecca Chin of Great Britain was originally awarded the silver medal in the women's discus throw F37-38 event. Following a challenge to her classification, Chin was deemed ineligible for the event, stripped of her medal, and her results were erased.
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- "Woods forced to give back medal". BBC Sport. 2008-09-08. Archived from the original on 10 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-08.
- "Woods battles to bronze in re-run". BBC Sport. 2008-09-12. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
- Davies, Gareth A (2008-09-15). "Rebecca Chin stripped of Paralympic silver by 'failing' system". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2010-05-17.