Putin thanks Paralympic athletes for flow of medals in Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he thanked the athletes of the Russian team for their stunning performance during the Paralympics in Sochi.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he thanked the athletes of the Russian team for their stunning performance during the Paralympics in Sochi.

"There has been just fireworks of medals. I want to wholeheartedly congratulate all of you for this. Thank you very much," Putin said during a meeting with Paralympic athletes in Sochi.

In terms of numbers of medals Russian Paralympic athletes broke in Sochi not a just Russian record but a world record, Putin said.

"It is impossible not to say that this is the best result achieved by a team in the entire history of the Olympics for not just our national team but for all national teams for the entire history of the Paralympics," the Russian president said.

"Eighty medals is the best figure for all national Paralympic teams for the entire history of the Paralympics. And 30 of them are gold," Putin said.

The Russian Paralympic team set the record during the Sochi Games in terms of medals won for the entire history of the Paralympics. Russian athletes won 80 medals, including 30 gold ones, 29 silver and 21 bronze.

The German team holds the second place with 9 gold medals, 5 silver and one bronze, Canada is the third (7, 2 ,2), Ukraine fourth (5, 9, 11), and France fifth (5, 3, 4).

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