The Rio Paralympics has ended, but not without a wonderful new set of champions, incredible journeys and new feats of endurance and excellence. To celebrate such a festival of sport, and my love of photography, have my favourite images as chosenfrom the Guardian’s Paralympic page. You can also find other images on the Olympics on my blog, with a focus on the sporting and the stylish.
Alexandre Loureiro (Getty Images) wonderfully captured Marcel Hug of Switzerland in the gold medal race. Loureiro would beat Australia’s Kurt Fearnley in the T54 marathon.
Bob Martin for Ois/AFP/Getty Images fully maximises the opportunity of angles and reflections when seeing the women’s 100m butterfly in the S9 heats.
Canadian men’s wheelchair basketball player Adam Lancia kisses his wife Jamey Jewells after the playoff match between Canada and China in this moving photograph by Ueslei Marcelino of Reuters.
Italy’s silver medal winner Alex Zanardi, one of the most famous figures of the games, and South Africa’s gold medal winner Ernst van Dyk, are caught celebrating at the end of the men’s hand-cycling road race. Mauro Pimentel of AP caught the fantastic moment.
Christophe Simon (AFP/Getty Images) uses his technical expertise to stylishly show athletes competing in the the women’s 5000m – T54 final.
Simon Bruty of OIS and IoC managed to spot American Jeff Fabry practising with a gorgeous background before the mixed team compound open archery semi-finals at the Sambódromo.
Fireworks are perfect for so many occasions, including a closing ceremony. Simon Bruty for OIS/IOC/AFP/Getty Images covered the majestic sight here.
The golden delight of the Paralympic cauldron in the closing ceremony was taken by Yasuyoshi Chiba of AFP/ Getty Images