GOLD and Paralympic Record - Liam Malone Men's 200m T44

By Paralympics New Zealand

Liam Malone once again showed the sporting world that he meant business by setting a Paralympics record winning the Men’s 200m T44 in 21.06. Malone showed his true power moving through the race to cross the line ahead of Hunter Woodhall (USA - 21.12) and David Bahre (Germany - 21.41).
This will add to the silver medal won by Malone in the Men’s 100m T44 on day two in Rio when he accelerated at a phenomenal pace through in the last 30 metres to take second. Johnnie Peacock won gold equaling his Paralympic record of 10.81 he had set in the heats.
Malone got his first set of blades following the support of the New Zealand public, who donated to a  crowd funding site to the tune of $20,000.

In yesterday’s Men’s 200m T44 heat Malone cruised to the fastest qualifying time in a time of 21.33sec, nearly two tenths faster than Hunter Woodall (USA) on 21.50 and two tenths ahead of David Behre (Germany). Malone appeared completely in control of the heat, checking his nearest rival twice on the way down the final straight and maintaining a small lead to cross in first.
The gold came just over 90 minutes after Para-Swimmer Cameron Leslie began the gold rush for New Zealand in Rio tonight, completely smashing his own World Record and winning New Zealand’s 5th gold medal in the Men’s 150m Individual Medley SM4 Final. Leslie has held the title, and the gold, in this event since the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Just over 30 minutes ago, Paralympian Sophie Pascoe won gold in the Women's 100m Butterfly S10, officially becoming New Zealand’s most successful Paralympian of all time, after matching Eve Rimmer’s total medal count of 14, but edging ahead of her due to an extra gold, compared to Rimmer’s bronze. Still to come tonight is the final of the Women's 50m Butterfly S7, with Paralympian Nikita Howarth qualifying fastest in the heats earlier. 
Liam Malone - affectionately known as “New Zealand’s blade runner” Liam has high hopes for his debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. He is currently ranked third in the world in the T43/44 400m event. Liam has his sights firmly set on bringing home gold from Rio. Malone’s biography can be found here.
The 31-strong New Zealand Paralympic Games Team will compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games between 8-19 September 2016 NZT, with a mighty global contingent of 4,350 other athletes from 160 countries. The Paralympics is the world’s largest multi-sport event for disabled athletes. New Zealand will contest six Para-Sports, chasing a target of 18 medals in total, including 12 gold medals.

Where can kiwis watch our Paralympians in action?
Views can catch the New Zealand Paralympic Team in action at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games by tuning into DUKE on Freeview 13, Sky 23 or online at (find daily schedule here:, by watching the daily highlights programme on TV1 at 9.30pm, or by visiting or to watch on demand. Results will also be shown on ONE News, Breakfast and Seven Sharp. Additionally, coverage can be found by visiting the Paralympics website:
In addition to this and as a result of huge public interest in New Zealand TVNZ has created a second live stream so you can choose between the coverage of DUKE or live Para-Swimming or Para-Athletics action: AND
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