• AFP-Jiji


China has emerged as a new Winter Paralympics powerhouse at their own Beijing Games, topping the medals table in a stunning success backed by huge investment and aided by the absence of Russian athletes.

The hosts on Sunday finished proudly top of the table with 18 golds and 61 medals in all — a remarkable rise given that they only made their Winter Paralympics debut in 2002 and it was not until Pyeongchang, four years ago, that the country won its first medal, a gold in wheelchair curling.

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