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Yao smashes own world record to win discus F44 gold

2016-09-12 09:50:00 Xinhuanet

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- China's Yao Juan broke her own world record to win gold in the discus F44 final at the Rio Paralympics on Sunday.

The 32-year-old threw 44.53m with her first attempt to beat the record she set last year by more than a meter.

Fellow Chinese athlete Yang Yue grabbed silver with a personal best throw of 43.47m and Cuba's Noraivis de la Heras Chibas took bronze with 32.47m.

Yao has now won gold medals at four different editions of the Paralympic Games.

She won the shot put F42/44 title at the London 2012 Games and also triumphed in javelin at Sydney 2000 (F44) and Beijing 2008 (F42-46).

Yao, who suffers from impaired muscle power, took up para-athletics in 1998.

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