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75% of out athletes won medals at Rio Paralympics 2016

75% of out athletes won medals at Rio Paralympics 2016

Lee Pearson won his 11th Paralympic gold

Nine out of the 12 LGBTI athletes competing in the Rio Paralympics won medals.

This is 75%, a massive achievement considering countries like United States, Great Britain and China saw around 20% of their athletes grace the podium.

Team LGBTI won five gold medals, two silvers and three bronze medals.

The rainbow team would have come 27th, beating countries like Ireland, Mexico and Egypt.

Winners include Lee Pearson, for Team GB, who won his 11th Paralympic gold, while couple Jen Armbruster and Asya Miller picked up a bronze in goalball for USA.

American Allison Jones came very close to picking up a medal, coming fourth in the cycling.

Angela Madsen, one of the oldest athletes competing at 56, came eighth in the shotput and seventh in the javelin.

Cindy Ouellet and the Canadian wheelchair basketball team finished fifth.

While 12 is the most out athletes the Paralympics has ever seen, it is still an absurdly low number considering 4,060 people competed across 528 medal events. That’s just 0.29%.

Meet the winners at the Paralympics below:

Gold Medals

Monique Burkland (USA) – Sitting Volleyball

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Abby Dunkin and Desiree Miller (USA) – Wheelchair Basketball

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Megan Giglia (GB) – Cycling

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Lee Pearson (GB) – Equestrian

Lee Pearson will fly flag for Team GB at Rio

Silver Medals

Lee Pearson (GB) – Equestrian

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Marieke Vervoort (Belgium) – Wheelchair Racing

Bronze Medals

Jen Armbruster and Asya Miller (USA) – Goalball

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Moran Samuel (Israel) – Rowing

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Over a third of all out athletes at the Rio Olympics won medals. Found out who won what here.