Above: Holly Robinson throwing for Silver at the Rio 2016 Paralympics. Photo by Lucas Uebel / Getty Images.
New Zealand’s flag bearer Holly Robinson was in record breaking form this morning, winning silver in the Women’s F46 Javelin in the Athletics Stadium at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
Robinson threw a personal best, New Zealand and Oceania record of 41.22m on her fifth attempt to secure the silver medal, behind a world record throw of 43.01 by Hollie Arnold (GBR).
The 21 year old from Hokitika started well with 40.80m in the opening round to sit in second position behind Arnold.
Katarzyna Piekart, the 2012 Paralympic champion from Poland was out to 41.07 in round 2 to push the New Zealander back to third, but in the fifth round Robinson hurled the javelin out to 41.22 to claim back second.
Robinson’s 41.22 was further than the previous world and Paralympic Games record of 41.15 held by Piekart, but Arnold’s second (41.68) and sixth round (43.01) efforts created the new world record.
The Dunedin based athlete, coached by Athletics New Zealand’s High Performance Para-Athlete Manager Raylene Bates, proudly took the New Zealand flag from her supporters, and held it high as she celebrated her success.
New Zealand now has a total of five medals from athletics, two gold, two silver and a bronze, equal to the total haul at Athens in 2004.
The Kiwis in action in athletics tomorrow are Jessica Hamill in the F34 Shot Put and Liam Malone in the T44 400m heats.