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Grimaldi jumps to NZ's first medal

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/09/2016

Paralympian long jumper Anna Grimaldi has won New Zealand's first medal at the Rio Paralympics, breaking the country's 28-year drought in female field events.

Grimaldi's final jump was a personal best of 5.62m to win gold ahead of Cuba's Yunidis Castillo and Australia's Carlee Beattie in the women's long jump T47, for those with limb deficiencies.

Ranked second in the world, the 19-year-old's previous best was 5.41m, and comes after just three years competing in para-athletics.

The last medal New Zealand won in Paralympic field events for females was a bronze in the long jump B3 from Leslie Mancktelow in 1988.

The last time New Zealand won a Paralympics medal was in 2004 in Athens.

Following Grimaldi's gold, swimmer Rebecca Dubber, 23, came from behind to win bronze in the backstroke S7. Fellow Kiwi Nikita Howarth finished sixth.

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