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25/01/2016

Ex-policeman paralysed in notorious prison break edges closer to making Paralympic Games debut in Rio

Powerlifter Joseano Felipe, who was shot in spine trying to stop mass escape in 2000, broke continental record at Rio 2016 test event

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Joseano Felipe salutes the Brazilian flag from the top step of the podium
Joseano Felipe salutes the Brazilian flag from the top step of the podium

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22/01/2016

Records fall as powerlifters battle for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games places at test event

Colombia’s Jainer Cantillo sets new continental mark on way to gold, while Cuba’s Jesus Drake Veja lifts personal best to top podium

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Colombia's Jainer Cantillo took gold in the -80kg category  (Photo: Rio 2016/Alex Ferro)
Colombia's Jainer Cantillo took gold in the -80kg category (Photo: Rio 2016/Alex Ferro)

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19/01/2016

Big beasts of the Paralympic world to battle for Rio 2016 places at powerlifting test event

About 60 athletes from 20 nations will compete at Carioca Arena 1, aiming to top qualification lists which close in February

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Felipe Joseano, a Parapan-American Games gold medallist, will contest the test event  (Photo: MPIX/CPB/Fernando Maia)
Felipe Joseano, a Parapan-American Games gold medallist, will contest the test event (Photo: MPIX/CPB/Fernando Maia)

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19/01/2016

Refugee working as postwoman in Belgium wins taekwondo place at Rio 2016 Games

Iranian-born Raheleh Asemani likely to compete under the IOC flag after winning an Olympic slot at the European qualifying tournament

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Raheleh Asemani (right) beat Norway’s Marie Magnus in the semi-finals to win a place in Rio  (Photo: Turkish Taekwondo Federation)
Raheleh Asemani (right) beat Norway’s Marie Magnus in the semi-finals to win a place in Rio (Photo: Turkish Taekwondo Federation)

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11/01/2016

Russia and USA lead the way as five more volleyball teams qualify for Rio 2016

Olympic champions Russia joined by Cuba in men’s tournament, while world champions the USA qualify for women’s event along with Argentina and Russia

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Russia celebrate beating Brazil to win gold at the London 2012 Games  (Photo: Getty Images/Elsa)
Russia celebrate beating Brazil to win gold at the London 2012 Games (Photo: Getty Images/Elsa)

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28/12/2015

What a year... how preparations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games entered the home straight in 2015

Venues built, test events staged, volunteers selected, torches unveiled, preconceptions challenged and much more... it’s been a busy 12 months for organisers of the Rio 2016 Games

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The Olympic rings were installed in Rio’s Madureira Park in May, having been sent from the UK  (Photo: Rio 2016/Alex Ferro)
The Olympic rings were installed in Rio’s Madureira Park in May, having been sent from the UK (Photo: Rio 2016/Alex Ferro)

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17/12/2015Updated on December, 22nd, 2015, 18:56

Spain and New Zealand complete Rio 2016 hockey line-up after South Africans decline slots

Spanish women and New Zealand men invited to take last places in Olympic tournament following unsuccessful appeal on behalf of South African teams

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Rio here we come: the Royal Spanish Hockey Federation has confirmed the presence of their women’s team  (Photo: RFEH)
Rio here we come: the Royal Spanish Hockey Federation has confirmed the presence of their women’s team (Photo: RFEH)

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15/12/2015

Kenya’s Lionesses roar into Rio 2016 rugby tournament after South Africa decline slot

After coming second African qualifier, door opens for Kenya’s women to join men’s team in rugby’s big Olympic return

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Plenty to shout about: Kenya’s women will be part of Olympic history next year  (Photo: World Rugby)
Plenty to shout about: Kenya’s women will be part of Olympic history next year (Photo: World Rugby)

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02/12/2015

Chinese world champions are called up for trampoline gymnastics test event

Competition to be held in April 2016 in Rio, and will decide the final countries to qualify for the Olympic event

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World champion Li Dan will be one of the starts of the Gymnastics Qualifying Final in April   (Photo: Getty Images/Litao Zhang)
World champion Li Dan will be one of the starts of the Gymnastics Qualifying Final in April (Photo: Getty Images/Litao Zhang)

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16/11/2015

Australia add another heavyweight name to list of teams qualified for rugby at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Meanwhile, Rwanda’s women volleyball players win a historic place in the Paralympic Games, another sport completes its line-up and more canoeists paddle to qualification

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Shooting, rugby, sitting volleyball and canoe slalom are the latest sports to confirm qualifications for Rio 2016  (Photo: Getty Images/World Rugby/World ParaVolley/USA Shooting)
Shooting, rugby, sitting volleyball and canoe slalom are the latest sports to confirm qualifications for Rio 2016 (Photo: Getty Images/World Rugby/World ParaVolley/USA Shooting)

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