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New Zealand top medal goal at Rio

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/09/2016

Debutant William Stedman has won bronze on the track and helped the New Zealand team break its medal goal target at the Rio Paralympics.

The 16-year-old, the youngest member of the team, was shaded for silver by Ukraine's Roman Pavlyk in the 400m T36, with Great Britain's Paul Blake first across the line by more than a second.

Stedman, who has a mild form of Cerebral Palsy, fainted after the race and required medical support.

"I went into the race thinking I could get a medal but I knew that to get one, I would have to run a massive PB (personal best) and I ended up doing that, so I am stoked," Stedman said.

He has only 24 hours to prepare for the 800m.

Four New Zealand swimmers - Jesse Reynolds, Tupou Neiufi, Mary Fisher and Cameron Leslie - contested finals but medals eluded them.

Men's road cyclists Fraser Sharp and Stephen Hill also missed out on medals.

The men's sonar sailing crew of Andrew May, Rick Dodson and Chris Sharp will go into Saturday's medal race in sixth place but still with a chance of securing silver or bronze.

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