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21:27, September 12, 2008


Gold medalist Sweden's Jonas Jacobsson (C), silver medalist China's Zhang Cuiping (L) and bronze medalist Dongchao attend the awarding ceremony for the final of the mixed R6-50m free rifle prone SH1 event of the shooting at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, Sept. 12, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

As volunteers were cleaning up the final hall of Beijing Shooting Range, which just half an hour ago was resounded with gunshots, cheers and thunderous applauses, shooters with different skin colors and varying facial expressions pulled their suitcases rushing for the shuttle bus.

Curtain was lowered for the six-day Paralympic shooting competition here on Friday afternoon.

Golds, silvers, sweats, tears, ecstasy, disappointment... The modernistic architecture has witnessed too many moments and felt too many emotions during the transient period that no newspaper could ever bear.

While marveling at the achievements of legendary Swedish shooter Jonas Jacobsson, let us not to forget Israeli Doron Shaziri, who won the silver of men's 50-meter free rifle three positions SH1.

Primarily a soldier, the sturdy man stepped into a mine field in Lebanon while patrolling one day in 2000 and lost his left leg. "If you can't change the fact, you simply accept it," he recalled calmly. Later he got married and is now father of two.


South Korea's Park Sea-Kyun (C), Lee Ju-Hee (L) and Russia's Valeriy Ponomarenko pose for photos during the awarding ceremony for the final of the mixed P4-50m free pistol SH1 event of the shooting at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, Sept. 12, 2008. Park Sea-Kyun claimed the title of the event with a total result of 644.9 points, and set a new world record. (Xinhua Photo)

"What helps you overcome difficulties is not the wheelchair, but your mind," the shooter who likes to tell jokes became serious. "If you live positively and proudly, others will accept you with the same attitude."

While revereing the Australian shooter Libby Kosmala, who was the oldest on the shooting range of the Beijing Paralympics, let us pay the same respect to her teammate 53-year-old Ashley Adams.


Gold medalist Jonas Jacobsson(C) of Sweden, silver medalist Doron Shaziri(L) of Israel and bronze medalist Dong Chao of China pose for photo during the awarding ceremony of Men's R7-50m free rifle 3X40 SH1 of shooting event in Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, Sept. 10, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)

After seriously injuring himself in a motorbike accident, the reticent man took up shooting and hasn't looked back since. His event on Friday was mixed 50-meter free rifle prone SH1. For the disabled, prone doesn't necessarily mean lying down -- they could shoot on their wheelchairs with both elbows rested on a plate so that the upper part of their bodies maintained the pose of prone.


Lee Yun-Ri (C) and Kim Im-Yeon (L) of South Korea wave to the spectators with China's Zhang Cuiping during the awarding ceremony for the women's R8-50m Sport Rifle 3×20-SH1 of shooting event in Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, Sept. 9, 2008. Lee Yun-Ri won the gold with 676.9. Kim Im-Yeon and Zhang Cuiping took the silver and bronze respectively.(Xinhua Photo)

Source:Xinhua


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