• Let's not forget the PARALYMPICS!

    10 September at 18:40 from atlas

    Especially when a Kiwi achieves the unthinkable, a gold medal - that's what has happened on the first day of competition in the Olympic Stadium.

    Anna Grimaldi (born 12th February 1997) left it until her sixth and final attempt to smash her personal best by 21cm to take the lead in the T47 women's long jump. Then she had to sweat while two of her rivals took their final jumps - one got within 5cm, but Anna survived, and her relief showed in her radiant smile and bouncy personality.

    Grimaldi, 19, left spectators stunned after she broke New Zealand's 28-year drought in female field events to come out on top. 

    The young Kiwi came in third place at last year's world championships in Doha, Qatar, but managed to shock herself after she achieved her personal best in the sixth and final jump for this year's games. 

    As well as managing to train for the Paralympics the teenager who was born without a right hand studies quantity surveying part-time at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand... 

    Check out the media coverage and video

    Picture courtesy of Stuff.co.nz

 

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