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Six para-athletes to compete at Rio Games

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/05/2016
Holly Robinson competes in Brisbane in March. © Matt Roberts/Getty Images Holly Robinson competes in Brisbane in March.

Four debutants have been included in the six-strong New Zealand para-athletics team to compete at the Rio Paralaympics in September.

Javelin thrower Holly Robinson competed at the 2012 London Games, where she finished seventh as a 17-year-old, while shot putter Jessica Hamill was in the 2008 team at Beijing.

The Paralympic newcomers are javelin thrower Rory McSweeney, sprinter Liam Malone, long jumper Anna Grimaldi and 16-year-old sprinter/long jumper William Stedman.

All six were competitive at last year's world championships in Doha, where Hamill and McSweeney emerged with silver medals. Robinson and Grimaldi snared a bronze each.

Robinson is ranked No.1 in the F46 field while Malone owns the top ranking in the T43/44 200m and 400m.

The confirmation of para-athletics, para-cycling, para-swimming and para-sailing teams lifts the number of New Zealand athletes for Rio to 24.

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