Sweden at the 1968 Summer Paralympics

Sweden was one of twenty-eight nations that sent a delegation to the 1968 Summer Paralympics in Tel Aviv, Israel from November 4 to 13, 1968.[1][2] The team finished seventeenth in the medal table and won eleven medals: one gold, six silver and four bronze.[3] Thirty-two Swedish athletes took part in the Games; twenty-seven men and five women.[1][n 1]

Sweden at the
1968 Summer Paralympics
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IPC codeSWE
NPCSwedish Parasports Federation
in Tel Aviv
Medals
Ranked 17th
Gold
1
Silver
6
Bronze
4
Total
11
Summer Paralympics appearances (overview)

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 upon 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 Lindström Table tennis Women's singles C
  Silver Johansson Archery Women's St. Nicholas round paraplegic
  Silver Nilsson Table tennis Men's singles A2
  Silver Benny Nilsson Weightlifting Men's featherweight
  Silver Rodaster Archery Women's FITA round open
  Silver Söderberg Swimming Men's 50 m breaststroke class 5 (cauda equina)
  Silver M. Tufuesson Swimming Women's 50 m breaststroke class 4 incomplete
  Bronze M. Eden Swimming Men's 50 m breaststroke class 4 incomplete
  Bronze Olfson Swimming Men's 50 m backstroke class 5 (cauda equina)
  Bronze Söderberg Swimming Men's 50 m freestyle class 5 (cauda equina)
  Bronze M. Tufuesson Swimming Women's 3x25 m individual medley open
Medals by sport
Sport       Total
Table tennis 1 1 0 2
Swimming 0 2 4 6
Archery 0 2 0 2
Weightlifting 0 1 0 1
Total 1 6 4 11

ArcheryEdit

Sweden sent nine athletes to compete in archery. Two medals were won by Swedish archers; Johansson won silver in the St. Nicholas round for paraplegic women and Rodaster won silver in the women's FITA round open.[7][8]

DartcheryEdit

The only dartchery event at the Games was the mixed pairs event which had a knockout tournament format. Two Swedish pairs entered; Luks and Andersson lost in the first round to the Australians Roy Fowler and Kevin Bawden; Johansson and Hansson also lost in the first round to Belgian pair Schelfaut and Desal.[9]

SwimmingEdit

Swedish swimmers won two silver and four bronze medals in Tel Aviv.[8] Two athletes won multiple medals; Soderberg won a silver in the men's 50 metres breaststroke class 5 cauda equina and a bronze in the 50 metres freestyle; Tufuesson won a bronze in the open 3×25 metres individual medley and a silver in the women's 50 metres backstroke class 4 incomplete.[8] Further bronze medals were won by Eden in the men's 50 metres breaststroke class 4 incomplete and by Olfson in men's 50 metres backstroke class 5 cauda equina.[8]

Table tennisEdit

WeightliftingEdit

One man entered weightlifting events for Sweden, Benny Nilsson in the featherweight division.[8] He lifted 120 kg to win the silver medal. Gold was won by Dumont of France whose lift of 125 kg was a new world record.[10]

Wheelchair basketballEdit

Sweden entered a team into the men's wheelchair basketball. The competition featured a pool stage followed by a knockout competition. Sweden lost both their pool matches, 8–26 to Belgium and 15–35 to Canada, and did not advance to the quarterfinals.[11]

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 Archery Women's St. Nicholas Round paraplegic". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Athlete Search Results Sweden 1968". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  9. ^ "Results Tel Aviv 1968 Paralympic Games Dartchery Mixed Pairs open". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  10. ^ "Results Tel Aviv 1968 Paralympic Games Weightlifting Men's Featherweight". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  11. ^ "Results Tel Aviv 1968 Paralympic Games Wheelchair Basketball Men". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 18 May 2011.