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NZ 'blade runner' breaks Pistorius' record

2016-09-13 08:44
Liam Malone (Getty Images)

Cape Town - New Zealand's Liam Malone has broken a Paralympic Games record previously held by South Africa's Oscar Pistorius.

The 22-year-old, from Nelson, won gold in the men's 200m T44 final in Rio in a time of 21.06 seconds. Pistorius' record was 21.30.

Victory gave Nelson his second medal of the Games after he won silver in the 100m, losing out to Great Britain's Jonnie Peacock, who retained his title.

He could yet add a third, with his favoured event, the 400m, still to come.

Malone's blades were bought with donations from members of the public.

"I wouldn't be here without those blades in the first instance. I'm filled with gratitude to everyone who invested in me from the start," he said after the 100m final, according to New Zealand's Stuff news agency.

Pistorius, one of the world's most famous disability athletes, is serving a six-year jail term for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Read more on:    paralympics 2016  |  oscar pistorius
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