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05 Sep 2012

Multiple medal winners

At London 2012, many athletes are successfully defending the titles won at Beijing 2008

The competitions held yesterday at the Olympic Stadium saw some athletes win their second gold medal at London 2012 and others successfully defend the titles won at Beijing 2008. In the Shot Put F57/58, the gold was won by Alexey Ashapatov, a few days after his victory in the discus throw as well. The Russian athlete thus succeeded in defending both the titles won at Beijing 2008. After winning the 5000m T54, David Weir confirmed his Paralympic champion title in the 1500m T54 as well. The British athlete is aiming to win four golds at London 2012, after the two won at Beijing 2008. In the 1500m T46, the victory, along with a new world record, went to Abraham Tarbei, with a time of 3:50.15. This is the third Paralympic gold in the Kenyan's athlete career, after the two won at Beijing 2008. In the 400m T12 final, France's Assia El Hannouni secured her seventh gold medal, after the four won at Athens 2004 and the two at Beijing 2008. In the 400m T36 final, the gold went to Russia's Evgenii Shvetcov who set a world record with the time of 53”51. This is the athlete's second victory at London 2012, after the success in the 100m T36. To top off the day at the Olympic Stadium was the women's 4x100 relay T35/T38, won by the Russian team made up of Anastasiya Ovsyannikova, Svetlana Sergeeva, Elena Ivanova and Margarita Goncharova. It was the third gold won at these Paralympics for Goncharova.