Day eleven saw the Summer Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro draw to a close with the Marathon one of the final events of the Games.
Fife’s Derek Rae was the only Scot in action on the final day of the Games but was forced to withdraw from the Men’s T46 marathon around the 30Km mark. Derek had moved up to fourth place in tough conditions in Brazil at that stage but due to the extreme heat, was unable to continue. The race was won by China’s Li Chaoyan in 2:33:35.
We commiserate with Derek, who is coached by Ron Morrison and Don MacGregor, after such strong performances over the past couple of years to reach this global level.
ParalympicsGB will return from Rio with 64 gold medals, the most gold medals and indeed most medals of any British Paralympic team since Seoul 1988 – and won 12% of all gold medals awarded at the Games, which is the best performance since Tel Aviv in 1968.
Scottish athletes and players on the ParalympicsGB team will return home with five gold, eight silver and four bronze medals, accounting for 11.5% of ParalympicGB medals won and the highest medal tally for Scots at a Paralympic Games since Sydney 2000.