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Igor Boki claims second gold at 2012 Paralympics

MINSK, 3 September (BelTA) – Belarusian swimmer Igor Boki won his second gold medal at the London Paralympics 2012, BelTA has learnt.

The 18-year-old finished first in men’s 100m Freestyle - S13, setting new world record 51.91. Silver went to Charles Bouwer from the UAE (52.97; Africa’s record). Bronze was taken by Russia’s Alexander Golintovsky (53.45).

Another Belarusian swimmer, 2008 Beijing Paralympics champion in men’s 100m Butterfly Dmitry Solei finished sixth (53.76) in 100m Freestyle in London.

Belarus has so far won five medals at the London Paralympics, three of them by Igor Boki. He won gold in 100m Butterfly on 31 August, silver in 50m Freestyle on 1 September and gold in 100m Freestyle on 2 September.

Bronzes were clinched by athlete Alexander Subota in triple jump on 1 September and by Lyudmila Volchek in rowing on 2 September.

Belarus is 22nd in the Paralympics medal count. The top five includes China (28 golds, 19 silvers, 24 bronzes), the UK (15, 22, 14), Australia (13, 8, 15), Ukraine (13, 6, 10) and Russia (9, 12, 8).

Belarus is represented by 31 Paralympians in seven sports (track and field, swimming, rowing, fencing, judo, cycling and powerlifting)

Partaking in the London Paralympics 2012 are over 4,000 athletes from 165 countries. The Games will close on 9 September.