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First NZ gold medal at Invictus Games

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/05/2016
Private Glenn Barnes with his gold medal, flanked by the Silver and Bronze medal winners at the Invictus Games 2016. © Facebook/NZDF Invictus Team Private Glenn Barnes with his gold medal, flanked by the Silver and Bronze medal winners at the Invictus Games 2016.

A former soldier who became a paraplegic after a car accident has won New Zealand's first-ever gold medal at the Invictus Games.

Private Glenn Barnes took out the one-minute row event at the Invictus Games - an international paralympic-style sporting tournament for wounded, sick or injured service personnel - in the USA.

Already a wheelchair tennis champion, Private Barnes won the event despite the fact it was only his seventh-ever time on a rowing machine.

"It's an incredibly exciting experience. This isn't a sport I competed in before joining the team," he said.

It was New Zealand's second medal at the Games on Tuesday after former soldier Faamanu "Nu" Filo Leaana rowed his way to the bronze medal.

The Invictus Games - created by Prince Harry - are on in Florida until May 12.

Prince Harry watches the track and field events from the crowd during the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 at ESPN Wide World of Sports on May 10, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. © Getty Images Prince Harry watches the track and field events from the crowd during the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 at ESPN Wide World of Sports on May 10, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.
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