Wheelchair racing was held as a demonstration event on the athletics program at the Olympics from 1984-2004. The men raced 1,500 metres on the track with eight competitors. Claude Issorat (FRA) had won this event in 1992 and 1996, but was beaten in Sydney in the stretch by Mexican Saúl Mendoza. Mendoza would return in 2004 and place second in the final Olympic wheelchair race for men. His Paralympic record from 1988-2004 included two gold, one silver, and three bronze medals. Between 1992 and 2004 Issorat won seven gold medals and 13 medals at the Paralympics.