Robinson has eye on the big prize

Holly Robinson produced a personal best and Oceania record to win silver at the Para Athletics...
Holly Robinson produced a personal best and Oceania record to win silver at the Para Athletics World Championships in Japan. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
Holly Robinson can take a lot of heart out of defending her shot put silver medal at the Para Athletics World Championships in Japan.

The Dunedin Paralympian knows she still has plenty to give come the Paralympics in September.

Robinson won silver in the F46 shot put with her throw of 12.25m and set a new Oceania record in Kobe on Thursday night (NZ time).

It was a special night for Robinson. The event marked the seventh world championships and sixth para world championships medal of her career.

Robinson, 29, made a subdued start — as did most of her competitors — throwing 10.87m, which she extended to 11.51m in the fifth round.

Heading into the final round, Robinson knew she had a provisional bronze, but everything clicked for her to throw 12.25m to secure silver and add 8cm to the Oceania record she set in Christchurch in February.

World record-holder Noelle Malkamaki, of the United States, mounted a successful title defence with her mighty throw of 13.12m and Yukiko Sato, of Japan, clinched bronze.

"I’m pretty stoked," Robinson told the Otago Daily Times from Japan.

"I definitely left it until the last minute though, so a bit disappointed with that.

"I would like to have six quality throws, rather than just one, but I guess at the end of the day it only takes one throw to get the silver and that’s what I did in the last round."

It was just the second time in Robinson’s shot put career — the discipline only returned to the F46 classification last year — she has thrown over 12m and it marked a new personal best.

"It definitely sets me up well. I’ve got some more competitions coming up over the next few months and it’s just a good way to start that international campaign."

Robinson, who skipped javelin at the world championships to rest a calf complaint, felt some of her throws were not "technically" great, but being able to push through and deliver when it counted did wonders for her confidence ahead of Paris.

"I definitely reflected on the mental side of things and how much of a win [Thursday’s performance] sort of was in just being able to stick in there, and to continue to try and build, after probably not as good of a start as what I would’ve hoped for.

"To have that, and to know I can pull it out when it matters, is really great leading into Paris."

Watching her fellow Kiwi athletes medal at the world championships had also been a highlight, she said.

Will Stedman opened proceedings on Sunday when he was crowned world champion in the men’s T36 400m and Dunedin Paralympian Anna Grimaldi followed with a bronze in the women’s T47 100m.

Danielle Aitchison also won silver in the women’s T36 100m and was back in action last night in the 200m final.

Grimaldi will compete in the long jump starting at 1.30pm (NZ time) today.

Robinson arrives back home next month and will be based in Dunedin, with a couple of events in Perth in the mix.

She will then head to the Netherlands in August for competitions, before heading into her pre-camp and then the Paralympics come September.

"Family is a really important thing for me," Robinson said.

"Having that opportunity to sort of go to Perth, and come back and re-set, have that time at home with [coach Raylene Bates], and also go again, is the way that I think is beneficial for me."