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Fleur Jong wins her first Paralympic gold with super jump

Fleur Jong wins her first Paralympic gold with super jump

Netherlands’ Fleur Jong won her first Paralympic gold medal with an excellent effort in the first round of the women’s T64 long jump – 6.16m, a new T62 world record.

Marie-Amelie le Fur of France threatened that lead in the final round, jumping 6.11m for a new T64 Paralympic record.

Marlene van Gansewinkel of The Netherlands won bronze, three centimetres ahead of Britain’s Stef Reid.

Switzerland’s Marcel Hug won his third Paralympic gold to add to his two from Rio 2016, winning the men’s T54 5,000m in a dramatic dash for the line.

He finished in 10min 29.90sec, a few tenths in front of Canadian Brent Lakatos, who claimed his first Paralympic medal over a distance of more than 800m.

Putharet Khongrak of Thailand got the bronze a couple of tenths back, with the next four racers within half a second of the podium.

Nozimakhon Kayumova of Uzbekistan threw 42.59 metres for the gold medal in the women’s F13 javelin, finishing just over half a metre in front of China’s Zhao Yuping, who was the silver medallist, while Belarus’ Lizaveta Piatrenka took bronze.

Mokhigul Khamdamova of Uzbekistan won her first Paralympic title in the women’s F57 discus throw with a best effort of 31.46m.

Nassima Saifi of Algeria and Julyana Cristina da Silva of Brazil won silver and bronze respectively.

Liu Cuiqing of China broke her own Paralympic record in the final of the women’s T11 400m, rounding off the medal rush on the morning session of day two in athletics.

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Finishing in a time of 56.25sec, she led home silver medallist Thalita Simplicio da Silva of Brazil and bronze medallist Angie Lizeth Pabon Mamian of Colombia.

Tigist Gezahagn Menigstu of Ethiopia won the women’s T13 1500m in a new personal best of 4:23.24, and American Liza Corso and Tunisia’s Somaya Bousaid completed the podium.

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