Above: Rory McSweeney in action at the IPC Athletics World Champs in Dohar. Images by Francois Nel Getty Images.
Rory McSweeney has won New Zealand's third medal at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha Saturday morning (NZ time).
The Dunedin athlete, competing at his third world championships, unleashed a huge 55.80m throw on his first attempt, 3.01m better than his previous personal best to lead the competition after round one.
In round two Cape Verde athlete Marcio Fernandes threw 56.24m, also a personal best by over 2 metres to grab the lead. Although McSweeney had an outstanding series with all his attempts further than 53 metres, he was not able to get past Fernandes.
McSweeney, a below the knee amputee since being hit by a truck aged three, competing in the T44 classification, broke the long standing New Zealand and Oceania record of 54.89m, set by John Dowell in 2000.
McSweeney made no secret of his desire to medal in Doha and his second placing qualifies a spot for New Zealand at the Rio Paralympics next year, a spot McSweeney should grab and represent New Zealand at his first Paralympics.
William Stedman, competing in the T36 200m heats set a new personal best and New Zealand record of 26.72 finishing 6th in his heat, giving him the tenth fastest time overall, just outside the time required to make the final. The Cantabrian had earlier finshed sixth in the 400m and seventh in the long jump.
New Zealand's only competitor in action on tomorrow's final day of competition, javelin thrower Holly Robinson will be hoping to repeat her medal winning performance at the 2013 World Championship in Lyon.
New Zealand IPC Athletics World Champs page
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