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Photo-finish gives Malone second Rio gold

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/09/2016 Angelo Risso

Kiwi sprinter Liam Malone has nabbed his second Paralympic gold in Rio after claiming the 400m title by a whisker.

The 22-year-old edged out David Behre by just 0.03sec in the T44 final in Rio, holding off the German's fast finish.

His time of 46.20sec was a new Paralympic record, bettering disgraced South African Oscar Pistorius' time by almost half a second.

The gold follows his winning effort in the 200m competition, in which he also beat Pistorius' Paralympic record.

Malone told British network Channel Four that he'd reached out to Pistorius for training advice in the lead up to the Games.

He had been offered tips by Pistorius' coach.

"All we talked about was training and not his circumstances," Malone said.

"It was purely business."

Pistorius is currently serving a six-year sentence for the 2013 murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria home.

Malone later said he looked forward to celebrating after an impressive debut Games haul of two golds and a silver medal.

He was flying the Brazilian flag as a token of thanks to the Rio locals.

"It took a whole lot of guts and heart to get here and I have such feelings of relief, but also gratitude," the Nelson-born athlete said.

The gold takes New Zealand's haul for the Games to 18, including nine gold, five silver and four bronze.

They are now eighth on the Paralympic medal table.

Elsewhere, Kiwi Mary Fisher finished fourth in the final of the women's 100m freestyle with a time of 1:09.47 after falling away in the final stretch.

Qing Xie of China won the gold with a time of 1:08.03.

"I went out as hard as I could and just gave it everything I had in the tank," the 23-year-old Wellingtonian said.

At the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, canoe sprinter Scott Martlew was eighth in the KL3 200m final, finishing just over 4sec behind Ukraine's Serhii Yemelianov.

Meanwhile Sonar sailing crew of Richard Dodson, Andrew May and Chris Sharp slipped to sixth overall after an eight and 10th in the two races possible.

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