China dominated the final tally of medals from the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, taking home 141 medals including 63 golds. The United States, which topped the Olympic medal table a month earlier, came fourth in the Paralympics taking home 88 medals. Some 200 disabled Chinese athletes competed for medals in 11 sports in the Athens Paralympics, up from eight sports in the Sydney Games four year earlier. Chinese athletes and coaches said they expected their medal haul to be bigger still in 2008 when Beijing hosts the event.
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