Paralympians to watch at Rio 2016

Here is a list of athletes to watch in each sport at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

2012 London Paralympics - Day 10 - Wheelchair Basketball

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: David Eng of Canada celebrates at the end of the gold medal Wheelchair Basketball match between Australia and Canada on day 10 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on September 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Safet Alibasic

Sitting volleyball player Safet Alibasic of Bosnia and Herzegovina took home the gold medal at London 2012. (Photo via

Yu Hong Sheng

Sitting volleyball player Yu Hong Sheng of China is a three time Paralympic champion. (Photo via


Sitting volleyball player Wellington Silva Platini of Brasil is among the best in the world in attacking and blocking and won silver at the 2014 world championships. (Photo by Gerardo Zavala/LatinContent/Getty Images)


Sailor Damien Seguin of France won gold at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)


Sailor Heiko Kroeger of Germany amassed seven world titles and won silver at London 2012. (Photo by Chien-min Chung/Getty Images)


Triathlete Martin Schulz #37 of Germany is a two-time world champion and a four-time European champion. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Paratriathlete Melissa Stockwell is a three-time world champion and looks to add a Paralympic medal to her achievements. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)


Paratriathlete Stefan Daniel of Canada won the world title in 2015 with a margin of 30 seconds. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Threadneedle)


Shooter Cuiping Zhang of China set a world record at London 2012 in the 10m air rifle. She also broke three world records in 2015. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)


Shooter Jonas Jacobsson of Sweden has recorded 17 gold medals, 2 silvers, and 9 bronze since the Arnhem 1980 Games. He holds 19 world records.  (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)


Archer David Drahoninsky of the Czech Republic won gold at Beijing 2008 and silver at London 2012. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)


Archer Zahra Nemati of Iran is the first woman in her country to win a gold medal at the Paralympic or Olympic Games. She has inspired Muslim women after her success at London 2012. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)


Wheelchair tennis player Shingo Kunieda of Japan won three grand slam titles in 2015 to be ranked no.1 in the world. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)


Table tennis player Lin Ma of China was champion in category 9 at the 2014 world championships. Since he debuted in his sport, he has remained in the top five in the world rankings. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)


Table tennis player Alvaro Valera of Spain won gold at the 2014 world champinships and 2015 Euro championships. Rio 2016 will be his second Paralympic appearance. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)


American wheelchair rugby player Chuck Aoki debuted for the US team in 2009 and was a key player in their road to bronze at the world championships in 2014. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)


Wheelchair rugby player Ryley Batt of Australia is seen as the best rugby player in the world. He led his team to a gold medal victory at London 2012, scoring 160 points. Rio will be his 4th Paralympic Games. (Photo by Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images)


Rower Erik Horrie of Australia won silver at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Para-swimmer Daniel Dias of Brazil has 15 medals, 10 of which are gold. He qualifies for 6 individual swimming events at Rio 2016. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)


Judoka Eduardo Avila Sanchez of Mexico took home gold at Beijing 2008 and bronze at London 2012. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)


Judoka Ramona Brussig of Germany will be attending her fourth Paralympics at Rio. She looks to defend her gold medal from London 2012 in the-52kg category. (Photo by David Finch/Getty Images)


Paralympic dressage rider Lee Pearson of Great Britain is a 10x Paralympic gold medalist. Rio will be his fifth Paralympic Games. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Powerlifter Sherif Othman Othman of Egypt is a back-to-back gold medalist from Beijing 2008 and London 2012. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)


Finnish goalball player Jarno Mattila helped the team defeat the Brazilians at London 2012. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)


Brazilian goalball player Leomon Moreno da Silva helped avenge the team's last Paralympic loss against Finland at the 2014 World Cup as the top scorer to win with a score of 9-1. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)


Soccer player Jeferson Gonçalves of Brazil is a two time gold medalist and plays a key role in securing the nation's dominance in the sport. (Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images)


Wheelchair fencer Jovane Guissone Silva of Brazil is a huge medal hope for the hosting nation at Rio 2016. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Beatrice Vio

Wheelchair fencer Beatrice Vio of Italy is an 18-year-old European and world champion and has been unbeaten since 2015. (Photo via Twitter/ @VioBebe)


Dame Sarah Storey of the Great Britain cycling team took home four golds at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images for British Cycling)


Road cyclist Alessandro Zanardi of Italy reaped two gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympics. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Markus Swobada

Canoeist Markus Swobada of Austria made his international debut in 2010 and claimed all six world championship medals available. (Photo via


Boccia player Dirceu Pinto of Brazil has four Paralympic medals, all of which are gold. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)


Mariska Beijer of Netherlands was the top scorer on the women's wheelchair basketball team at the 2015 European Championships and won the bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)


Australian wheelchair basketball player Shaun Norris is set to make his fourth Paralympic appearance and has medalled at all his past Games. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)


Felipe Gomes is a multiple world and Paralympic Games champion. He comes from one of Rio's most notorious favelas and is set to make a big impression at Rio 2016.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)


Long jumper Markus Rehm of Germany broke his own world record at the world championships in 2015. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)


Omara Durand of Cuba is the fastest female Paralympic sprinter with victories in the 100m and 200m events in the T12 class for the visually imparied at the test even for Rio 2016. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)


Sprinter Jason Smyth of Ireland is the faster Paralympic athlete and will defend his back-to-back Olympic gold medals from Beijing 2008 and London 2012.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Terezinha Guilhermina

Sprinter Terezinha Guilhermina is one of the biggest Paralympians from Brazil and was a double gold medalist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. (Photo by Jonne Roriz /Getty Images)