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U.S.’s Long Gets 9th Paralympic Gold; Error Mars Discus Event

U.S. swimmer Jessica Long won her second gold medal at the London Paralympic Games and the ninth of her career. Ukrainian discus thrower Mariia Pomazan had to hand back a gold medal because of a scoring error.

Chinese athletes won gold in powerlifting, shooting, swimming, track cycling and track and field -- and only missed out in judo in yesterday’s events.

China leads the medal table with 13 golds and 34 total after two days of competition. Australia is second with seven golds among its 19 medals. Ukraine has six golds, Russia five and Britain and the U.S. four each.

The games run through Sept. 9, with more than 4,000 athletes from 164 teams competing in a series of classes depending on their impairment.

Long, 20, won by an 18-second margin in the 400-meter freestyle S8 class to improve her own world record. She won three golds at age 12 at the 2004 Athens Games and captured four more in Beijing in four years ago. Australian Jacqueline Freney, also 20, took her second gold in London in the butterfly S7.

Pomazan, 23, was wrongly awarded gold in the F35/36 discus because of a data error at the Olympic Stadium, games organizer said in an e-mail. She had to relinquish the title to China’s Wu Qing and settled for the silver.

Point scoring rather than the longest distance determined the final standings. China’s Bao Jiongyu was incorrectly awarded the bronze medal in the same event, and it went to Australia’s Katherine Proudfoot.

Briton’s Apology

Earlier, in the first track and field event, Serbian wheelchair athlete Zeljko Dimitrijevic, 41, set a world record of 26.88 meters (88 feet) with his first throw on the way to winning the gold medal in the club event.

At the Velodrome, Jody Cundy, defending champion in the 1-kilometer time trial C4/5, shouted and threw a water bottle after he was disqualified when he slipped out of the starting gate, Agence France-Presse reported. He later apologized to the crowd, AFP said. Spain’s Alfonso Cabello, 18, went on to win the event in a world-record time of 1 minute, 05.947 seconds.

In sitting volleyball, Martine Wright, who lost both legs in the 2005 bombings that killed 52 commuters in London, received an ovation from the crowd that included Mayor Boris Johnson as the 39-year-old competed for Britain, AFP reported.

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