Argentina participated in the inaugural Paralympic Games in 1960 in Rome, with a delegation consisting in five swimmers, and has taken part in every edition of the Summer Paralympics since then. The country made its Winter Paralympics début in 2010, with a two-man delegation in alpine skiing.
Argentinians have won a total of 146 medals at the Paralympic Games, of which 30 gold, 59 silver and 57 bronze. All of these medals were won at the Summer Games. This places Argentina 30th on the all-time Paralympic Games medal table.
Argentinians won two gold medals in swimming in 1960. In 1964, four of their six gold medals also came through swimming, the other two being obtained in athletics (women's shot put) and weightlifting. In 1968, in a reversal of this trend, Argentinians won ten gold medals, of which nine in athletics and only one in swimming (H. Aresca in the men's 25m freestyle). These nine athletics medals were all won in javelin, shot put, club throw or discus events, and eight of them were won by women. In 1972, the Argentinian delegation was much less successful, with just one gold medal in athletics (in the men's javelin), and one in women's wheelchair basketball. In 1976, Cristina Benedetti won Argentina's only athletics gold, in the slalom, while Gustavo Galindez took two gold medals in swimming. In 1980, it was once again swimming which brought Argentina all four of its gold medals. There were no Argentinian gold medallists in 1984 or 1988, when the country sent only small delegations, to compete in track and field. In 1992 the country's only Paralympic champion was Horacio Bascioni, in the men's javelin. In 1996, Suarez Nestor won the men's 100m sprint in the T46 category, while swimmer Betiana Basualdo won the women's 100m freestyle in the S2 category, thus providing their country with two gold medals. These are Argentina's most recent Paralympic gold medals; since 1996, Argentinians have won only silver and bronze.
Medals by Summer Games
Medals by sport