23 Jul 2013

NZ javelin thrower wins silver medal

8:30 am on 23 July 2013

The New Zealand javelin thrower Holly Robinson has won the silver medal in her class at the Paralympic Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France.

Robinson threw a personal best of 34.37 metres, adding almost 2 metres to her previous best.

Robinson's previous best was set at the London Paralympics in 2012, where she finished in seventh place.

The performance at this year's World Champs is a New Zealand Record and a big step up for the young thrower who was born with a left arm shortened just below the elbow. Her sights are firmly fixed on the Rio Paralympics in 2016.

18-year-old Robinson is from Hokitika, but moved to Dunedin to train under top coach Raylene Bates.