2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

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13th Special Olympics World Summer Games
Special Olympics Athens 2011 logo.svg
Host cityAthens, Greece
MottoJoin the wonderful winning world (Greek: Ενωθείτε με τον υπέροχο κόσμο των νικητών)
Nations participating185
Athletes participating7,000
Opening ceremony25 June 2011
Closing ceremony4 July 2011
Officially opened byKarolos Papoulias
Main venuePanathenaic Stadium

The 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games was a sporting event held from June, 25th 2011 – July, 4th 2011 in Athens, Greece. The opening ceremony of the games took place on 25 June 2011 at the Panathenaic Stadium and the closing ceremony was held on 4 July 2011.

"Over 7,500" athletes, from 185 countries, competed in a total of twenty-two sports.[1]



Bangladesh was represented by 40 athletes.[2]

Egypt was represented by 77 athletes competing in 11 sports.[3] They won 41 medals (13 Gold, 16 Silver and 12 Bronze).[4][5]

Bharat was represented by 256 athletes.[6]

Lithuania was represented by 17 athletes.[7]

New Zealand was represented by 35 athletes competing in seven sports winning Gold medals in all 7 sports they participated in except for Basketball: athletics (2 golds won in shot put – Andrew Oswin 4.51m and 4 x 100m Relay – Andrew Oswin, Mitchell Brown, Ryan Smith and Kwame Williams-Accra) (3 Silvers by Hayley Long, Rowena Perston and Mitchell Brown) (1 Bronze in 100m by Mitchell Brown), Aquatics (8 golds 2 by Sam Donaldson, Teresa Nicol and Almitra Langton and 1 by Edward Borkin and Jody Sanson) Sam Donaldson won the first medal of the games in the 800m Freestyle (1 Bronze in 400m Freestyle by Teresa Nicol), Basketball (1 silver - 30-34 Israel), Ten Pin Bowling (1 Gold by Cheryl Brieseman in Women's Singles), (3 Silvers 2 in Doubles and 1 in Teams) Equestrian (1 Gold by Devon Tretheway in Equitation) (2 Silvers in Working Trials-Devon Tretheway and Equitation Thomas Sutton)(1 Bronze by Thomas Sutton in Working Trails), Golf (1 Gold by Nigel Old) and Powerlifting (2 Golds by Clayton Marr in Bench Press and Leigh Donald in Combined Powerlifting event)(2 Silvers in Deadlift Dominic Crowe and Leigh Donald) (6 Bronzes Clayton Marr in Deadlift and Combined powerlifting event, Leigh Donald in Squat and Bench Press and Dominic Crowe in Deadlft and Combined powerlifting event).[8]

Pakistan was represented by 90 athletes, winning 56 Medals, (17 Gold, 25 Silver and 14 Bronze). Adeel Ameer (most successful athlete in the squad) captured 3 Gold Medals, winning 100-metre, high-jump and 4×100 metre events.[9]

Philippines was represented by 38 athletes competing in six sports: athletics, aquatics, badminton, bowling, gymnastics and powerlifting.[10]

Samoa was represented by 8 athletes.[11]

The United Kingdom was represented by 151 athletes despite being plagued by a flu.[12]

The Vietnam was represented by 8 athletes competing in two sports: athletics, Bocce.

The South Korea was represented by 1 athlete competing in athletics and won 4 gold medals in 100m, shot put, 400m hurdles and javelin.

A total of 146 athletes represented Ireland in the Special Olympics 2011 World Summer Games. They returned to Ireland with a total of 106 medals.


  1. ^ "Special Olympics New Zealand team heads away", Special Olympics NZ press release, June 13, 2011
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ From closed to open Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine Al-Ahram Weekly, 30 June 2011
  4. ^ "Special Olympics Medalists return from Athens after winning 41 medals" Al-Ahram, 6 July 2011 (In Arabic)
  5. ^ "So Special" Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine Al-Ahram Weekly, 7 July 2011
  6. ^ "A special contingent carries country's gold hopes", The Hindu, June 9, 2011
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ "Special Olympics New Zealand team heads away", Special Olympics NZ press release, June 13, 2011
  9. ^ http://tribune.com.pk/story/202262/special-olympics-summer-games-2011-pakistan-come-back-bearing-56-medals
  10. ^ "PH bets eye strong show in Special Olympics", Philippine Daily Inquirer, June 11, 2011
  11. ^ "Special athletes unite the nation", Samoa Observer, May 28, 2011
  12. ^ Special Olympics Great Britain

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