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China's gold rush to 83, Australian swimmer fulfils grand slam

(Xinhua)

15:24, September 08, 2012

LONDON, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- China kept its gold-taking momentum at the London Paralympics, collecting 13 gold medals on Friday to boast a total of 83. Australian swimmer Jacqueline Freney stunned the world with a grand slam of eight golds from her eight events attended.

China, which topped the gold tally of Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 with 63 and 89 golds respectively, is leading the London 2012 table with 83 gold, 65 silver and 58 bronze medals, followed by hosts Britain with 32-40-42, Russia 32-35-25, Ukraine 30-19-25, Australia 29-20-26, and the United States 27-25-33.

With only two days of competitions, China is sure to be on top of the medal standings. The only question is if China can refresh the record of 89 golds made by itself in Beijing.

In Day 9 competition, China's clinched six golds from track and field, three from swimming, two from table tennis, and one each from wheelchair fencing and women's sitting volleyball.

The Chinese women's sitting volleyball team beat the United States 3-1 in the final to achieve a hat-trick from Athens 2004 to London 2012.

China's 15-year-old swimmer Yang Yang won the men's 50m freestyle to be the top Chinese medalist here with four golds.

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