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Latvian paralympic athlete earns gold and sets a new world record

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Aigars Apinis

Latvian athlete Aigars Apinis triumphed in the London Paralympics, setting a new world record in the shot put competition and becoming a three time champion.

Favourite of the competition, Apinis, who started in the united F52/F53 group, pushed the shot for a distance of 10.23 meters in his second attempt.

The previous world record in the F52 group also belongs to Apinis. Last year, he pushed the shot for a distance of 10.03 m.

Apinis earned 1 039 points for his result.

In order to calculate how many points an athlete has earned, hi result is multiplied by a coefficient that is scientifically determined and applied to physical abilities of each medical group.

55-year-old Mexican Mauro Maksimo de Hesus (group F53) earned the second place, pushing the shot for a distance of 8.68 m (977 points). American athlete Scott Severn (group F53) was awarded the third place – 8.26 m (884 points).

During the Paralympic games in London, which will conclude on September 9, Latvia is presented by nine athletes. A total of 4 200 athletes from 166 countries are competing this year.

Latvia made its debut on the Paralympic games in 1992, with two athletes participating in the contest that was held in Barcelona. Latvian representatives earned their first medals in 2000 in Sydney, when Apinis earned the third place in shot pushing and disk throwing and Armands Lizbovskis was the third in long jumping. During the games in Athens, Apinis was victorious in disk throwing and Edgars Bergs won the second place in shot pushing and the third in disk throwing. Four years ago in Beijing, Apinis became an Olympic champion in disk throwing and Bergs was awarded second place in shot pushing.

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