Portugal at the Paralympics

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Portugal at the Paralympic Games

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IPC code  POR
NPC Paralympic Committee of Portugal
Website www.comiteparalimpicoportugal.pt (Portuguese) (English)
Paralympic history
Summer Games

Portugal made its Paralympic Games début at the 1972 Summer Paralympics (two years before the Carnation Revolution), where it was represented solely by a men's team in wheelchair basketball. They were eliminated at the preliminary stage of the competition, with one victory (over Switzerland) and three defeats. Portugal was then absent from the Paralympic Games until the 1984 Summer Games, where its athletes won the country's first fourteen medals, including three gold in track and field and one in boccia. Portugal has competed at every subsequent edition of the Summer Paralympics, but -almost uniquely among Western European countries[1]- has never taken part in the Winter Games.[2]

Portuguese athletes have won a total of 80 Paralympic medals, of which 25 gold, 27 silver and 28 bronze. As of 2010, Portugal ranks thirty-sixth on the all-time Paralympic Games medal table. The country's best performance came in 2000, when it won 15 medals (of which 6 gold), and ranked 26th.[3]

Medal tallies[edit]

Summer Paralympics[edit]

Games Athletes Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
1972 Heidelberg 11 0 0 0 0
1984 New York / Stoke Mandeville 17 4 3 7 14 26
1988 Seoul 13 3 5 6 14 28
1992 Barcelona 30 3 3 3 9 29
1996 Atlanta 35 6 4 4 14 26
2000 Sydney 52 6 5 4 15 26
2004 Athens 29 2 5 5 12 41
2008 Beijing 35 1 4 2 7 42
2012 London 30 0 1 2 3 63
Total 25 30 33 88 35

Medals by Summer sport[edit]

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
Athletics 20 15 21 56 35
Boccia 16 17 10 43 1
Cycling 0 1 1 2 27
Football 7-a-side 0 1 0 1 8
Swimming 0 3 6 9 44
Table tennis 0 0 1 1
Total 36 37 39 112

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Only two other Western European countries have participated in the Summer Games but never in the Winter ones: Ireland and Luxembourg. Additionally, the microstates of Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican have never taken part in the Paralympic Games.
  2. ^ Portugal at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  3. ^ Portugal at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee