Great Britain at the 1968 Summer Paralympics

Great Britain was one of twenty-eight nations to send athletes to the 1968 Summer Paralympics in Tel Aviv, Israel from November 4 to 13, 1968.[1][2] The team finished second in the medal table and won sixty-nine medals: twenty-nine gold, twenty silver and twenty bronze.[3] Athletes from the whole United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland, were able to compete for the team. Seventy-five British athletes took part in the Games; fifty-one men and twenty-four women.[1]

Great Britain at the
1968 Summer Paralympics
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IPC codeGBR
NPCBritish Paralympic Association
Websitewww.paralympics.org.uk
in Tel Aviv
Competitors75 in 10 sports
Medals
Ranked 2nd
Gold
29
Silver
20
Bronze
20
Total
69
Summer Paralympics appearances

Disability classificationsEdit

The Paralympics groups athletes' disabilities into one of five disability categories; amputation, the condition may be congenital or sustained through injury or illness; cerebral palsy; wheelchair athletes, there is often overlap between this and other categories; visual impairment, including blindness; Les autres, any physical disability that does not fall strictly under one of the other categories, for example dwarfism or multiple sclerosis.[4][5] Each Paralympic sport then has its own classifications, dependent on the specific physical demands of competition. Events are given a code, made of numbers and letters, describing the type of event and classification of the athletes competing.[6]

MedalistsEdit

Medal Name Sport Event
  Gold Derek Nicholson Archery Men's St. Nicholas round cervical
  Gold Ruth Brooks Archery Women's St. Nicholas round cervical
  Gold Valerie Forder Athletics Women's 60m wheelchair B
  Gold Carol Bryant Athletics Women's 60m wheelchair C
  Gold Carol Bryant Athletics Women's slalom C
  Gold Valerie Forder Athletics Women's pentathlon complete
  Gold Margaret Gibbs Athletics Women's pentathlon incomplete
  Gold William Easton
George Monoghan
Lawn bowls Men's pairs
  Gold Gwen Buck
Janet Laughton
Lawn bowls Women's pairs
  Gold Gwen Buck Lawn bowls Women's singles
  Gold Michael Shelton Snooker Men's open
  Gold John Britton Swimming Men's 25m freestyle class 2 incomplete
  Gold David Ellis Swimming Men's 25m backstroke class 2 complete
  Gold David Ellis Swimming Men's 25m breaststroke class 2 complete
  Gold W. Thornton Swimming Men's 50m breaststroke class 3 complete
  Gold Valerie Forder Swimming Women's 50m freestyle class 3 complete
  Gold Davina Ingrams Swimming Women's 25m backstroke class 1 incomplete
  Gold Gwen Buck Swimming Women's 25m backstroke class 2 incomplete
  Gold Valerie Forder Swimming Women's 25m backstroke class 3 complete
  Gold Karen Hill Swimming Women's 50m backstroke class 3 incomplete
  Gold Bellamy Swimming Women's 50m backstroke class 5 (cauda equina)
  Gold Valerie Forder Swimming Women's 50m breaststroke class 3 complete
  Gold Bellamy Swimming Women's 50m breaststroke class 5 (cauda equina)
  Gold Margaret Gibbs Swimming Women's 3x25m individual medley open
  Gold Paul Lyall Table tennis Men's singles B
  Gold Stephen Bradshaw
Tommy Taylor
Table tennis Men's doubles A2
  Gold Barnard
Carol Bryant
Table tennis Women's doubles C
  Gold T. Palmer Weightlifting Men's middleweight
  Gold Shelagh Finnegan
Valerie Forder
Sally Haynes
Wheelchair fencing Women's foil team
  Silver Tony Potter
John Robertson
Dennis Slough
Archery Men's albion round team open
  Silver Tony Potter
John Robertson
Dennis Slough
Archery Men's FITA round team open
  Silver Russ Scott Athletics Men's javelin throw D
  Silver Clark Athletics Men's pentathlon incomplete
  Silver Janet Swann Athletics Women's novices 60m wheelchair dash B
  Silver Maggie Marr Athletics Women's club throw A
  Silver Maggie Marr Athletics Women's discus throw A
  Silver John Britton Lawn bowls Men's singles
  Silver David Ellis Swimming Men's 25m freestyle class 2 complete
  Silver W. Thornton Swimming Men's 50m freestyle class 3 complete
  Silver John Watts Swimming Men's 100m freestyle open
  Silver A. West Swimming Men's 25m backstroke class 1 complete
  Silver Brian Dickinson Swimming Men's 50m backstroke class 4 complete
  Silver John Britton Swimming Men's 25m breaststroke class 2 incomplete
  Silver Carol Bryant Swimming Women's 100m breaststroke open
  Silver Paul Lyall
George Monoghan
Table tennis Men's doubles B
  Silver Carol Bryant Table tennis Women's singles C
  Silver Ruth Brooks
Levers
Table tennis Women's doubles A2
  Silver Gwen Buck
Susan Masham
Table tennis Women's doubles B
  Silver R. Rowe Weightlifting Men's heavyweight
  Bronze Stephen Bradshaw Archery Men's St. Nicholas round cervical
  Bronze Dick Thompson Athletics Men's 100m wheelchair A
  Bronze Dick Thompson Athletics Men's javelin throw A
  Bronze Tommy Taylor Athletics Men's pentathlon incomplete
  Bronze Carol Bryant Athletics Women's pentathlon incomplete
  Bronze A. West Swimming Men's 25m freestyle class 1 complete
  Bronze John Britton Swimming Men's 25m backstroke class 2 incomplete
  Bronze W. Thornton Swimming Men's 50m backstroke class 3 complete
  Bronze Gerry Kinsella Swimming Men's 50m backstroke class 4 incomplete
  Bronze Bellamy Swimming Women's 50m freestyle class 5 cauda equina
  Bronze Margaret Gibbs Swimming Women's 100m freestyle open
  Bronze S. Jones Swimming Women's 25m backstroke class 2 complete
  Bronze Women's team Swimming Women's 3x50m medley relay open
  Bronze George Monoghan Table tennis Men's singles B
  Bronze Susan Masham Table tennis Women's singles B
  Bronze Shelagh Finnegan
Janet Swann
Table tennis Women's doubles B
  Bronze Men's team Wheelchair basketball Men's tournament
  Bronze John Clark
Brian Dickinson
Terry Willett
Wheelchair fencing Men's épée team
  Bronze John Clark
Joe Slattery
Cyril Thomas
Wheelchair fencing Men's foil team
  Bronze Sally Haynes Wheelchair fencing Women's foil individual

DartcheryEdit

The only dartchery event at the Games was the mixed pairs event which took a knockout format. Two British pairs entered the competition: Nicholson [n 1] and Taylor beat a team from Jamaica in the first round but lost in the second round to the Swiss pair; Robertson and Todd reached the third round where they lost to Italians Francesco Deiana and Raimondo Longhi.[7]

SnookerEdit

One snooker event was contested at the Games, the men's open event. Keaton was eliminated in the first round by Jimmy Gibson of Ireland. Michael Shelton had wins over Goll, of Austria, and Newton from Australia to earn a place in the final against Gibson. Shelton defeated Gibson to take gold and the Irishman won the silver medal.[8]

SwimmingEdit

Twenty-nine British swimmers competed at the Games winning twenty-eight medals: thirteen gold, seven silver and eight bronze.[9] Forder won three gold medals in women's 50 m class 3 complete events, finishing first in the backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.[10][11][12] Six other swimmers won multiple medals for Great Britain; Bellamy won two gold medals and a bronze in the women's class 5 (cauda equina); Britton, a gold, silver and bronze in men's class 2 incomplete events; Ellis, two golds and a silver in men's class 2 complete; Gibbs who won gold in the women's 3×25 m individual medley open and bronze in the 100 m freestyle open; Thornton who took a gold, silver and bronze in men's class 3 complete events; and West who won backstroke silver and freestyle bronze for men's class 1 complete events.[9] Ingrams won gold in the women's 25 m backstroke class 1 incomplete in a world record time; White and Rosaleen Gallagher of Ireland won the silver and bronze medals in the event.[13]

Table tennisEdit

Twenty five British players entered table tennis events and won ten medals; three gold, 4 silver and four bronze.[9] In the women's doubles C event Bryant and Barnard won the gold medal after beating pairs from the United States, Jamaica, Belgium and Australia.[14]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Data is taken from the International Paralympic Committee website and is based on information contained/sourced in the original hardcopy final results publications. Some information from earlier Paralympic Games (i.e. 1960–1984) is incomplete and is missing first names of some athletes

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Participation Numbers Tel Aviv 1968 Paralympic Games". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Paralympic Games History – Summer". Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Medal Standings Tel Aviv 1968 Paralympic Games". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Paralympics categories explained". ABC. 3 September 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Making sense of the categories". BBC Sport. 6 October 2000. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  6. ^ "A-Z of Paralympic classification". BBC Sport. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Results Tel Aviv 1968 Paralympic Games Dartchery Mixed Pairs open". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  8. ^ "Results Tel Aviv 1968 Paralympic Games Snooker Men's Snooker Event open". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  9. ^ a b c "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  10. ^ "Results Tel Aviv 1968 Paralympic Games Swimming Women's 50 m Breaststroke class 3 complete". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  11. ^ "Results Tel Aviv 1968 Paralympic Games Swimming Women's 50 m Freestyle class 3 complete". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  12. ^ "Results Tel Aviv 1968 Paralympic Games Swimming Women's 50 m Backstroke class 3 complete". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  13. ^ "Results Tel Aviv 1968 Paralympic Games Swimming Women's 25 m Backstroke class 1 incomplete". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  14. ^ "Results Tel Aviv 1968 Paralympic Games Table Tennis Women's Doubles C". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 18 May 2011.