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Disk thrower Apinis wins gold at paralympic games in Rio

Aigars Apinis.
Latvian Paralympian Aigars Apinis triumphed at Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, 8 September, by winning gold in the disk-throwing discipline. This is his fourth gold medal in his career.

Apinis, who started in F52 and F51 group, threw the disk for 20.83 m result, which is his best result for this season.

His first attempt resulted in 19.90 m. The second result was an improvement over the first by 12 cm. In his third attempt, Apinis managed a 20.83 m throw, which was the best result among the seven contestants.

Polish Paralympian Robert Jachimowicz (19.10 m) won silver and Croatian Velimir Sandor (18.24 m) won bronze.

Apinis, participant of five Paralympic games, now has four gold, two silver and two bronze medals. Apinis also has many medals from world and European championships.

For his gold medal in Rio Paralympics, Apinis is eligible for a money prize of up to EUR 142,288.

Latvia is represented at Rio Paralympics by athletes Diana Dadzite, Taiga Kantane, Aigars Apinis, Edgars Bergs, Rihards Snikus, Ieva Melle, Gints Jonasts, Eduards Pupelis, Zanna Cveckovska, Janis Plotnieks and Polina Rozkova.

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