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Competing at many of the same London venues as participants in the summer Olympics, more than 4,000 athletes from 164 nations are taking part in the Paralympic Games. The athletes compete in 20 sports that have various classifications, depending on an athlete’s level of impairment. The Games conclude Sept. 9. -- Lloyd Young (40 photos total)

Richard Whitehead of Great Britain celebrates winning gold in the Men's 200-meter T42 Final on day 3 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on Sept. 1. (Michael Steele/Getty Images)


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