Ibrahim Al Hussein and Tatyana McFadden have received an award for the athletes who best exemplify the spirit and values of the Paralympic Games at Rio 2016.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced the pair as winners of the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award, which started at the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games.
They will each receive a pure gold medal, weighing 75 grams, at the closing ceremony.
Al Hussein, a 27-year-old swimmer from Syria, was one of two refugee athletes who competed under the Paralympic flag in the Independent Paralympic Athletes (IPA) team. An aspiring swimmer since the age of five, Ibrahim’s dreams were shattered in 2013 when he was hit by a bomb blast while trying to help his injured friend at home. READ MORE