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Rio Paralympics ’16: Day Six

2016 Rio Paralympics - Athletics - Women's Long Jump - T12 Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 13/09/2016. Gold medalist Oksana Zubkovska of Ukraine poses with silver medalist Elena Chebanu of Azerbaijan (L) and Bronze medalist Lynda Hamri of Algeria (R) during the victory ceremony. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

It was hot, hot, hot in Rio, but a little bit of sweat in the heat wasn’t stopping these athletes.

Rio Paralympics ’16: Day Six

New Zealand’s flag bearer Holly Robinson had the chance to display her country’s flag to the world by winning silver in the women’s javelin F46 – throwing her personal best of an impressive 41.22m. Holly Arnold from Great Britain took the gold with her world-record throw of 43.01m.

The US Paralympic team ran to victory with 21-year-old Breanna Clark winning gold in the women’s 400m T20, then the podium was an all-American Mc-xtravangza, for the women’s 1500m T54 with Tatyana McFadden, Amanda McGrory and Chelsea McClammer taking home gold, silver and bronze respectively.

In an absolute epic marathon match, lasting 4 hours and 25 minutes, British duo Andy Lapthorne and Jamie Burdekin came out victorious taking the bronze in the men’s quad doubles wheelchair tennis, beating Israel’s Itai Erenlib and Shraga Weinburg 3-6 6-4 7-6. In such intense heat, it really pays tribute to the stamina and determination of these amazing athletes.

Another who survived and thrived in the heat was Georgie Hermitage from Great Britain who won her second gold and broke the current world record in the women’s 400m T37. On running in the 35˚C mid-morning heat, Hermitage said, “It’s so hot today, and I feel like I smoke 60 a day.”

Shot-putter Deepa Malik threw her way to success and made history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a Paralympics medal, taking the silver with throw of 4.61m in the F-53 final. This is India’s third medal these games, thanks to high jumpers Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati winning gold and bronze respectively on Saturday. What this also means is that India’s Paralympians have already outperformed the country’s Olympic team. Malik said, “Sport has given me a lot,” and plans become a pioneer back home in India with the idea to create an academy, especially for girls.


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