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17-25 June 2023

After rain comes the sun – what a perfect day

SO Serbia beach volleyball player jumps high to return a shot as his team mates look on during the men's/mixed unified sports team competition against SO Germany.
Beach Volleyball - Men's / Mixed Unified Sports Team Competition - SO Germany 1 vs. SO Serbia 1
Anna Spindelndreier

The seventh and penultimate day of competition is over. And what a day it was: bright sunshine, perfect atmosphere and strong performances with medal decisions in a total of 23 sports. Here you can find a selection of our pictures and videos of the day.

Yesterday, some outdoor sports had to be postponed or even canceled due to heavy rain. But the saying seems to be true: After the rain comes the sun.

And the Berliners did not need a second invitation. From the beginning, many thousands of enthusiastic spectators were present at our venues today.

They experienced top-class sport and enthusiasm, including a tear or two of joy – both in front of the stands and on them.

This additional motivation was just the right thing for the last day of competition in 16 of our 26 sports. Tomorrow, the athletes in badminton, basketball 3x3, gymnastics-artistic, cycling, equestrian, tennis and athletics will have their last go.

Sailors from the United Arab Emirates on board their boat RS Toura at Club Seglerhaus in Wannsee.
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Beach volleyball teams - SO United Arab Emirates in white and SO Germany in red uniform - during the first semifinal of the men's/mixed unified sports team competition.
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SO China's Na Wang returns a shot in the women's unifed sports team doubles - level 4 against SO USA.
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The photo shows a German woman doing powerlifting. She looks very relaxed and concentrated.
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Three sail boats with sailors competing at Club Seglerhaus in Wannsee.
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SO UAE beach volleyball player retuns a shot during the first semifinal of the men's/mixed unified sports team competition against SO Germany.
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SO Great Britain's Adam Brownsword reacts during the men's tennis singles - level 6 L6 SM01 against Oliver Burgener of SO Switzerland.
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The photo shows an athlete doing gymnastics. She seems to be very concentrated.
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Start point Kayaking Competition Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023, 22.06.2023
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Player celebrating his moment at Judo competition special Olympics
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