Wheelchair rugby at the 2004 Summer Paralympics

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Wheelchair rugby
at the XII Paralympic Games
Wheelchair rugby pictogram (Paralympics).svg
Paralympic Wheelchair rugby
Venue Helliniko Indoor Arena
Dates 19–25 September 2004
Medalists
Gold medal    New Zealand
Silver medal    Canada
Bronze medal    United States
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Wheelchair Rugby at the 2004 Summer Paralympics was staged at the Helliniko Indoor Arena from September 19 to September 25.

Teams from eight countries participated in the competition, with a total of 89 athletes taking part. While wheelchair rugby was designated a mixed sport, with both men and women eligible to participate in the competition, no female athletes took part.

New Zealand's victory in the gold medal game represented the first time that a country from outside North America had won a Paralympics or World Championships title in the sport.

The wheelchair rugby competition in Athens was featured in the 2005 documentary film Murderball.

Medalists[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Mixed wheelchair rugby  New Zealand (NZL)

Dan Buckingham
Stephen Guthrie
Bill Oughton
Timothy Johnson
Geremy Tinker
Jai Waite
Sholto Taylor
Gary McMurray
Curtis Palmer

 Canada (CAN)

Allan Cartrand
Fabien Lavoie
Jared Funk
David Willsie
Patrice Simard
Mike Bacon
Michael Whitehead
Daniel Paradis
Raymond Lizotte
Garett Hickling
Ian Chan
Allan Semenuik

 United States (USA)

Lynn Nelson
Clifton Chunn
Wayne Romero
Brent Poppen
Will Groulx
Scott Hogsett
Bob Lujano
Andy Cohn
Norman Lyduch
Bryan Kirkland
Mark Zupan
Sam Gloor

Classification[edit]

Wheelchair rugby players were given a classification based on their upper body function. A committee gave each athlete a 7-level score ranging from 0.5 to 3.5, with lower scores corresponding to more severe disability. During the game, the total score of all players on the court for a team cannot exceed 8 points. However, for each female player on court, their team gets an extra 0.5 points over the 8 point limit.

Teams[edit]

Eight teams took part in this sport. Each team could have up to 12 athletes, but no more than 11 of the team members could be male. Listed below are the eight teams qualified for the Athens Paralympics.

Qualified teams
1.  United States (USA)
2.  Canada (CAN)
3.  Australia (AUS)
4.  Great Britain (GBR)
6.  New Zealand (NZL)
5.  Germany (GER)
8.  Japan (JPN)
7.  Belgium (BEL)

Tournament[edit]

Competition format[edit]

The eight teams were divided into two even groups and participated in a single round robin tournament. The top two teams from each group went on to compete for 1st through 4th place, while the last two teams from each group competed for 5th through 8th place.

Preliminary Round[edit]

Group A
Rank Team Pld W L G:GA Pts
1  United States (USA) 3 3 0 138:109 6
2  New Zealand (NZL) 3 2 1 120:101 5
3  Australia (AUS) 3 1 2 117:137 4
4  Japan (JPN) 3 0 3 121:149 3
Group B
Rank Team Pld W L G:GA Pts
1  Great Britain (GBR) 3 3 0 100:82 6
2  Canada (CAN) 3 2 1 96:91 5
3  Belgium (BEL) 3 1 2 91:93 4
4  Germany (GER) 3 0 3 93:114 3
     Qualified for quarterfinals
Time Match Teams Final score
September 19, 2004
10:00 1 GBR vs. BEL 27 - 22
12:00 2 CAN vs. GER 33 - 30 (OT)
17:00 3 USA vs. JPN 54 - 39
19:00 4 AUS vs. NZL 31 - 41
September 20, 2004
10:00 5 GER vs. BEL 33 - 40
12:00 6 CAN vs. GBR 30 - 32 (OT)
17:00 7 AUS vs. JPN 48 - 47
19:00 8 USA vs. NZL 35 - 32
September 21, 2004
10:00 9 GBR vs. GER 40 - 33
12:00 10 CAN vs. BEL 33 - 29
17:00 11 NZL vs. JPN 47 - 35
19:00 12 USA vs. AUS 49 - 38

Source: Paralympic.org [1]

Medal round[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal match
                   
23 September 2004 - 10:00        
  United States  46
24 September 2004 - 17:00
  Germany  34  
  United States  20
23 September 2004 - 19:00
    Canada  24  
  Canada  36
25 September 2004 - 19:00
  Australia  33  
  Canada  29
23 September 2004 - 12:00
    New Zealand  31
  Great Britain  50
24 September 2004 - 19:00
  Japan  42  
  Great Britain  35 Bronze medal match
23 September 2004 - 17:00
    New Zealand  39  
  New Zealand  40   Great Britain  39
  Belgium  33     United States  43
25 September 2004 - 17:00

Source: Paralympic.org [1]

Classification 5-8[edit]

Classification round Fifth place
24 September 2004 - 10:00
  Belgium  36  
  Japan  35  
 
25 September 2004 - 12:00
      Belgium  43
    Australia  46
Seventh place
24 September 2004 - 12:00 25 September 2004 - 10:00
  Australia  44   Germany  41
  Germany  40     Japan  40

Source: Paralympic.org [1]

Ranking[edit]

Place Team
1 New Zealand
2 Canada
3 United States
4. Great Britain
5. Australia
6. Belgium
7. Germany
8. Japan

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Athens 2004 Paralympic Game, Wheelchair rugby". Official Website of the Paralympic Movement. 2004. Retrieved 2012-10-28.