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MOSCOW, September 11 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded state medals to 42 gold winners of the Summer Paralympics in London. The festive awarding ceremony was held at the Alexander Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace on Tuesday.
The president awarded Olesya Vladykina, Alexei Labzin, Konstantin Lysenkov, Alexander Nevolin-Svetov and Yelena Pautova with the Orders of Honour. Some 37 athletes, including swimmer Oksana Savchenko, who won five gold medals at the Paralympics and set four world records, were awarded with the Orders of Friendship.
Head of the presidential administration Sergei Ivanov earlier awarded state medals to 35 Paralympic athletes, who won silver and bronze medals at the Paralympics in London.