Liam Malone taking a break from training at Saxton Field this winter. Photo: Andrew Board.

Malone adds a gold to his silver

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Nelson blade runner Liam Malone has struck gold at the Rio Paralympics 200m event in world record time on Tuesday morning.

The 22-year-old won the final in a time of 21.06 seconds to beat Oscar Pistorious’ previous best in that event.

Johnnie Peacock GBR Wins the Gold Medal in the Men's 100m - T44 Final in the Olympic Stadium. The Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday 9th September 2016. Photo: Simon Bruty for OIS for OIS/IOC. Handout image supplied by OIS/IOC
Liam finished second to Johnnie Peacock of Great Britain. Photo: Simon Bruty/IOC.

The result backs up Liam’s silver medal in the 100m and puts him in a prime position with his preferred 400m event still to come.

Liam was born with fibular hemimelia, in which part or all of the fibular bone is missing and had both legs amputated below the knee at 18-months-old.

In 2013 he took up running after New Zealanders helped to pay for his blades. He has been improving rapidly ever since.

Speaking after his silver medal-winning race on Saturday, Liam said standing on the podium was a special moment.

“Today was a super special day for me as it is my Mum’s birthday. She passed away four years ago and I know she would be so proud. My mates were in the stand and it is really special to have them here to support me.

Liam will be going for another gold medal in the 400m race early on Friday.