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Rio Paralympics 2016: New Zealand’s medal-winning athletes

Congratulations to our medal-winning athletes at the Paralympic Games in Rio!
Liam Malone

With several medals already notched up thanks to the stellar efforts of our New Zealand team this year, the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio is off to a flying start!

From swimming to track and field, our 2016 Paralympians are giving it their all – and we are so proud of every Kiwi athlete at the Games this year.

Here are the Kiwis who have won medals so far at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio

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Today, Liam clinched his second gold medal of the Paralympics (and his third overall) by winning the men’s 400m T44 final in Rio with a Paralympic record time of 46.20 seconds.

Team New Zealand flagbearer Holly Robinson clinched the silver after a personal best effort int he women’s javelin F46 final – moving New Zealand closer to their target of 18 medals for this Paralympic Games.

Jessica Hamill (pictured here at the 2016 New Zealand Paralympic Games team presentation at Sky City in July) won bronze at the final for the women’s shot put F34 event.

Para-swimmer Nikita Howarth won bronze in the women’s 50m butterfly S7 final and gold in the 200m individual medley SM7.

Cameron Leslie smashed his own world record to claim gold in the 150m individual medley SM4 final today as well.

Sophie Pascoe claimed her third gold medal of the Games with a stunning performance in the Women’s 100m Butterfly S10 final – making her the most successful NZ Paralympian of all time with nine gold and five silver medals in total.

Kiwi long jumper Anna Grimaldi

Anna Grimaldi won New Zealand’s first gold medal of the Games in the women’s T47 long jump final, blazing past her competitors on her sixth and final attempt.

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Anna Grimaldi wins gold at Rio Paralympics 2016

Sophie Pascoe nabbed silver in the women’s 50m freestyle S10 and 100m fresstyle S10, gold in the 100m backstroke S10 and another gold in the 200m individual medley SM10.

In total, Sophie has won an incredible 15 Paralympic medals.

Rory McSweeney claimed bronze in the men’s javelin F44 final.

Rory McSweeney in action.

Rebecca Dubber won a bronze medal in the women’s 100m backstroke S7 final.

Rebecca is pictured in the pool after learning of her bronze medal win.

New Zealand’s own ‘Blade Runner’, Liam Malone, surged ahead after a rocky start to claim silver in the men’s 100m T44 final.

The Kiwi’s victory came on what would have been his late mother Trudi’s birthday. Read more about Liam’s road to Rio here.

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Liam Malone wins silver at the Paralympics

Liam also won the gold in the men’s 200m T44 final, breaking the previous Paralympic Games record set by Oscar Pistorius.

Mary Fisher won gold in the women’s 100m backstroke S11.

Mary set a new world record time in the process of winning her gold medal, powering to the finish line in 1:17.96m.

Para-cyclists Emma Foy and Laura Thompson won silver in the Women’s B 3000m Individual Pursuit Final.

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