LONDON, September 9 (RIA Novosti)
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A record haul of 35 golds has secured Russia second place in the medal table at the London Paralympics, which end Sunday.
Monumental efforts particularly in athletics, where 19 gold were won, and the pool, the scene of 13 Russian victories, propelled the country to runner-up in the table behind China.
It continues an encouraging upward trend in the Russian Paralympic movement after the team took home 18 golds in Beijing four years ago, 16 at Athens 2004, 15 at Sydney 2000 and just nine at Atlanta 1996.
"To continue at the level we have achieved in London, we must take a serious step forward," said Russian Paralympic Committee president Vladimir Lukin. "We all need to have a think about how to not only maintain this position but also to progress further."
Russia scooped a total 101 medals, far outdoing previous Paralympics.
The Chinese were long out of sight at the top, racking up 95 gold, 71 silver and 65 bronze.
Hosts Britain came a close third with 34 gold.
The top Russian performer was swimmer Oksana Savchenko, who took home five gold medals, claiming a world record in the 50 meters freestyle on Thursday.
Russia's archers swept the podium in the men's standing category, with Timur Tuchinov beat Oleg Shestakov in the final.
Other notable performances came from sprinter Margarita Goncharova, who claimed gold in the women's 100 meters, and Alexei Ashapatov, who sealed gold in the men's discus for athletes in wheelchairs.
Russia is in the hunt for one more gold, clashing with Ukraine in the football final later Sunday.
The next Paralympic Games are in Sochi, Russia, in 2014.
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