Norwegian swimmer Sarah Louise Rung won her second gold medal at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, bringing her total stash to five medals since the games began shortly after the Olympics.
While Norway’s Olympic athletes did poorly in Rio, the country’s Paralympic athletes have done much better. The 26-year-old Rung lead the pack, not least after winning the 200-meter medley in a victory that commentators said “humiliated” her opponents. Her finishing time was three minutes, 15.83 seconds, well ahead of the silver medal winner from Spain, Teresa Perales, who finished after three minutes 36.14 seconds. The bronze winner from Israel, Inbal Pezaro, finished nearly 23 seconds behind Rung.
The Norwegian from Rogaland, whose back problems otherwise confine her to a wheelchair, was flashing her famous smile after also winning silver and bronze in the Paralympics. She also won two gold medals and a silver at the London Paralympics four years ago, and was flag-bearer for Norway when the Rio Paralymics closed on Sunday.