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15 Photos Capturing The Beauty And Awesomeness Of Paralympians

There's a whole lot more to look forward to in Rio.

22/08/2016 7:39 PM AEST | Updated 22/08/2016 10:57 PM AEST
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Just one of the thousands of beautiful moments captured at the last Paralympic Games.

The Rio Olympics are almost over but there's no reason to be disappointed.

There's a serious chunk of sports viewing yet to come, as the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games are almost upon us.

September 7. Put it in the diary.

And with the world's best athleticism comes some of the greatest qualities of mankind too.

So here's 15 photos showcasing the crème de la crème.

  • 1. Precision
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    Thailand's Angcan Chanaboon soars in the men's high jump F46 category final during the athletics competition at the 2012 London Paralympics.
  • 2. Focus
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    Germany's Christiane Reppe trains ahead of Women's 400m Freestyle S9 at the 2012 Paralympics in London.
  • 3. Pride
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    Hannah Cockroft of Britain celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 200 metre T34 final at the 2012 London Paralympics Games.
  • 4. Mateship
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    Members of the Brazilian five-a-side soccer team celebrate after they defeated France in the gold medal match at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
  • 5. Persistance
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    French swimmer Charles Rozoy won gold in the S8 100 metre butterly at the 2012 London Paralympics Games after a motorcycle accident in 2008 which cost him the use of his left arm.

  • 6. Partnership
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    Chile's Cristian Valenzuela (R) and his guide Cristopher Guajardo collapse with relief after winning gold in the men's 5000 metre T11 final at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
  • 7. Strength
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    Iraqi paralympian Ahmed Naas throws his javelin during a practice session in his hometown of Batha, west of the Iraqi city of Nasiriyah. Naas won a silver medal at the Paralympic Games, to the cheers of thousands of spectators and then returned home to Iraq, where absolutely nothing has changed in his life.
  • 8. Power
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    China's Zheng Tao jumps at the start of men's 50 metre Freestyle S6 final at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
  • 9. Endurance
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    Cuba's Yunidis Castillo (R) wins gold in the women's 400 metre T46 final at the 2012 Paralympic Games.
  • 10. Commitment
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    Australian Annabel Breuer falls as the German defence closes in during the women's basketball gold medal match at the 2012 Paralympic Games. Germany defeated Australia to win the gold medal.
  • 11. Resilience
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    Brazil's Terezinha Guilhermina wins the Women's 100 metre T11 final, and gold, at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. She was born into poverty with a degenerative eye condition which causes gradual visual impairment. Her visual loss is slowly increasing.
  • 12. Elation
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    Guide Guilherme Soares screams with joy as he runs alongside Brazil's Terezinha Guilhermina, winning gold in Women's 100 metre T11 Final at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. 
  • 13. Dedication
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    Spain's Xavi Torres jumps next to his prosthesis as he leaves the swimming pool after training ahead of the competition at the 2012 Paralympics Olympics in London.
  • 14. Commitment
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    Spain's Ricardo Ten competes in the men's 50 metre Backstroke S5 event at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
  • 15. Patriotism
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    Silver medalist Iraq's Ahmed Naas embraces his countryman bronze medalist Wildan Nukhailawi as they celebrate the end of the men's javelin throw F40 final at the 2012 Paralympic Games.

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