Stedman wins another bronze at Rio

1:17 pm on 18 September 2016

New Zealand teenage Paralympian William Stedman has won bronze in the men's 800m T36 final at the 2016 Rio games.

NZ para-runner William Stedman.

NZ para-runner William Stedman. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Stedman, who also won bronze in the men's 400m T36 final yesterday, finished in a personal best time of 2:11:98, nine seconds behind the winner Australian James Turner and just two seconds behind the silver medallist Paul Blake of Great Britain.

The 16-year-old Stedman, who has a form of cerebral palsy, is the youngest member of the New Zealand Paralympic team.

Stedman said he knew he had a chance at a medal before lining up in the final.

"I was pretty nervous tonight even after having experienced a final last night, but I knew I had a shot," he said.

"I was last at the 400 metre mark but still was confident I could catch the front runners. I just had to go for it, I had nothing to lose.

"I am so pleased to have won the bronze medal tonight.

"The Paralympic Games in Rio has been an amazing experience for me. I have really enjoyed the atmosphere and meeting so many people from so many different countries."

Earlier this morning cyclist Emma Foy won bronze in the women's road race with her pilot Laura Thompson.

Stedman's bronze takes New Zealand's medal tally to 21, nine gold, five silver and seven bronze.

-RNZ

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