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“I’m very happy she has won all of these medals,” said Dima, Prologaieva’s 11-year-old son, stroking his mom’s hair and hugging her while his younger brother whisked away tears. “I know it was hard work.” 

Prologaieva, who became the most decorated sportswoman of all Ukrainian Paralympians this year, said she was proud of the national team that turned in the country’s best-ever performance in Paralympic games, winning 84 medals — 32 golden, 24 silver and 28 bronze.

“We all were counting these medals and cheering for each other,” Prologaieva said. “Of course we would like to get a higher place in the ranking, but I hope we’ll do it next time.”

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