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Liam Malone capped off an outstanding Paralympics with gold in the men’s 400m T44 yesterday.
Malone won the final in a time of 46.20sec, breaking Oscar Pistorius’ Paralympic record and edging German David Behre by 0.03sec.
American Hunter Woodhall was third in 46.70sec.
The win adds to Malone’s Paralympic record-breaking gold medal in the 200m, along with a silver in the 100m.
"I’m feeling great and just looking forward to going to celebrate with my friends and plan what is next," Malone said.
"I flew the Brazilian flag today because it is like when you go to someone’s house you say thank you for having me. That is what that was: to say thank you to the Brazilian people for hosting the Paralympic Games.
"It’s been a long road. Three years is a long time to train six days a week, two times a day. The rest of my time I am just studying.
"This was not a fun journey, it was a tough journey. It took a whole lot of guts and heart to get here. I have such feelings of relief, but also gratitude to all those that have invested and believed in me.
"I have had a such a great time at the Paralympics Games and I appreciate what the media do in terms of bringing attention to the sport and elevating people with disabilities above the stereotypes that exist in society."
It was New Zealand’s ninth gold medal of the Games and 18th overall, surpassing the 17 won in London and reaching its pre-Games target.
Swimmer Mary Fisher swam an Oceania record 1min 09.47sec in the women’s 100m freestyle S11, but it was not enough to secure a medal.
She finished fourth.
Otago athlete Anna Grimaldi had finished in third place in her heat of the women’s 200m T47, but was disqualified for a lane infringement.
The decision was not protested upon reviewing the footage.
It has been a successful Games nevertheless for Grimaldi, who recorded a personal best by 21cm to win gold in the long jump.
Scott Martlew finished eighth in canoeing’s men’s 200m KL3 and Jesse Reynolds finished eighth in the men’s 100m butterfly S9 final, swimming a time of 1min 04.31sec.
Kiwis in action
1.15am: men’s 400m T36 final (William Stedman)
12.30am: men’s road race C1-2-3 final (Fraser Sharp)
4am: men’s road race T1-2 final (Stephen Hills)
4.30am: sonar race 9 (Chris Sharp/Andrew May/Richard Dodson)
6am: sonar race 10 (Chris Sharp/Andrew May/Richard Dodson)
12.37am: women’s 100m freestyle S7 (Rebecca Dubber), final at 8.36am
12.44am: men’s 100m backstroke S9 (Jesse Reynolds), final at 8.43am
12.52am: women’s 100m backstroke S9 (Tupou Neiufi), final at 8.50am
1.40am: women’s 200m IM SM11 (Mary Fisher), final at 10.05am
2.07am: men’s 50m backstroke S5 (Cameron Leslie), final at 11am
10.17am: men’s 800m T36 final (William Stedman)
12.35am: women’s road race C4-5 final (Kate Horan)
4.05am: women’s road race BVI final (Emma Foy/Laura Thompson, Amanda Cameron/Hannah van Kampen)
12.30am: men’s 100m freestyle S6 (Hamish McLean), final at 8.30am