Adams shines as NZ athletes add to medal haul

New Zealand shot putter Lisa Adams celebrates after winning gold at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic...
New Zealand shot putter Lisa Adams celebrates after winning gold at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on Saturday. Adams threw a distance of 15.12m to set a Paralympic record. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
New Zealand doubled its haul of medals at the Paralympics Games in Tokyo at the weekend.

And the Adams family doubled its haul of gold medallists.

Lisa Adams joined her sister, Dame Valerie Adams, in getting to the top step of the podium.

The 30-year-old won gold in the women’s F37 shot put final on Saturday with a commanding performance.

She broke the Paralympic record with her first throw of 14.36m and just kept extending her lead.

Her fifth and sixth throws of 15.15m were 1.43m further than the silver medallist’s.

Lisa’s sister, Valerie, is her coach and was there to cheer her on. Dame Valerie is one of New Zealand’s most decorated able-bodied Olympians.

Sprinter Danielle Aitchison claimed New Zealand's fourth medal of the Games. Photo: Getty Images
Sprinter Danielle Aitchison claimed New Zealand's fourth medal of the Games. Photo: Getty Images
She won gold in the shot put at the Beijing and London Olympic Games and silver and bronze at Rio and Tokyo respectively.

Sprinter Danielle Aitchison yesterday claimed silver in the T36 200m final to improve New Zealand’s haul to two gold and two silver medals.

The 20-year-old recorded a good time of 29.88sec but trailed China’s Yiting Shi, who ran a scorching time of 28.21sec to equal her own world record.

"It’s better than I expected," Aitchison told TVNZ.

"I’m just so shocked.

"I’m so sore and tired, but I’m super happy."

"I knew I had done everything to get the results that I wanted, and to finally get the reward after all the hard work and sacrifice I’ve put in, it’s just so worth it."

Aitchison will also contest the 100m T36 which starts on Wednesday.

Swimmer Sophie Pascoe won silver in the women’s SB8 100m breaststroke last Thursday and Tupou Neiufi claimed gold in the women’s S8 100m backstroke last Friday.

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