by Louise Jensen
It is hard to pinpoint any favourite moments when every competitor gave their all, but who didn’t have a tear in their eye when Brazilian Yohansson Nascimento sustained a hamstring injury during the 100m, but in obvious physical and emotional pain, still managed to limp across the finish line to massive roars of encouragement from the crowd.
Everyone rooted for 25 year old South African ‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius who finally won an individual gold medal in the very last race setting a new Paralympic record and a new personal best. Pistorius who became a poster boy for the whole event had both his legs amputated below the knees as a baby after being born without fibulas.
During the spectacular closing ceremony Coldplay provided an emotionally fitting soundtrack along with Jay-Z and Rihanna accompanied by a visually spectacular display of lights, lasers and fireworks.
GB gold medallists Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock transferred the flame to a Paralympic torch which was then used to light hundreds of other torches before it was finally extinguished.
Lord Sebastian Coe addressed the 80,000 crowd and summed up perfectly with “thanks to the athletes, young people know it is possible to triumph over adversity. To challenge and then change their circumstances and to achieve great things. Our minds were open to what people can do and to what can be achieved by sheer talent and determination. In this country we will never think of sport the same way and we will never think of disability the same way," he said. "The Paralympians have lifted the cloud of limitation."
They sure have and this will be a summer I, and many others, will never forget.