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Zhou breaks world record, wins 800m T53 gold

2016-09-18 08:49:00 Xinhuanet

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Zhou Hongzhuan set a new world record to win gold in the women's 800m T53 at the Rio Paralympics on Saturday.

The 27-year-old crossed the line in one minute 47.45 seconds to beat the previous benchmark set by Australian Angela Ballard last year by three hundredths of a second.

Australia's Madison de Rozario claimed silver in 1:47.64 and Shirley Reilly of the United States took bronze with 1:47.77.

Ballard crossed the line fourth in 1:47.97.

It was Zhou's third gold medal of the Rio Games after her successes in the 4x400m - T53/54 and the Women's 400m - T53. She also won two finals at the London 2012 Games and a title at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics.

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