ISSORAT Claude (1968) France / Track and field
The Frenchman, Claude Issorat was to win the 400 m race in the rain and to a welter of applause from the spectators. During the Atlanta games in 1996, a 400 metre race for wheelchairs was run as a demonstration in the Olympic stadium to publicise the paraplegic games to be held there a few weeks later. He proved that his victory was just as great and just as difficult to obtain as with two legs. During the Sydney Games, this Guadeloupian again spearheaded an association of disabled athletes responsible for promoting the Paralympic Games. In Sydney's Olympic Stadium, he took part in the 1500 metres, where he came second behind an Italian athlete. But several weeks later, during the Paralympic Games, he again won the gold medal. He retained his 400 metre title before winning the 4x400m relay with his fellow countrymen.Following his latest exploits, the champion now intends to retire.