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Shot put gold for Ellery
Paralympian and former world record holder Louise Ellery has kicked off Australia’s gold medal campaign in the track and field events at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.
As the first Para sport event on day one of the athletics program at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, Ellery won gold in the women’s F32 shot put with a throw of 6.17 metres.
The two time Paralympian, whose F32 shot put world record was beaten by Greece’s Maria Stamatoula in June, was unable to reclaim the mark, falling short of the current distance by just one centimetre. But the Canberra-based thrower still did more than enough to claim Australia’s first gold in athletics in Delhi.
Fellow Paralympian Brydee Moore finished the event in fourth position with a throw of 5.85 metres.
The Para sport action on the track and field continues tonight when Hamish MacDonald and Damien Bowen compete in the men’s shot put while reigning Paralympic champion Heath Francis leads the Australian track contingency in the 100m sprint. Francis is the defending Paralympic gold medallist in the event, as he is in the 200m and 400m.
By Rebekka Wake