Stedman wins second medal at Tokyo Paralympics

4:57 pm on 31 August 2021

New Zealand's William Stedman has won a second Paralympic medal in less than 24 hours, finishing third in the men's T34 400m.

It's a repeat of the bronze medal effort in the same event in Rio in 2016.

Last night he won a silver medal in the T36 long jump.

The event was won by Australian James Turner.

William Stedman won a bronze in the 400m T36.

William Stedman has a bronze medal to go with the silver he won in the long jump. Photo: Photosport

"It's been a full on last 16 hours and I'm really pleased with how it's gone," said Stedman.

"I ended up with probably about four hours sleep last night. I felt really tired and the time showed a little bit, but I gave it absolutely everything.

"I had nothing left at the end of that race. That last 40m I was running on empty, so I'm really pleased with the effort I put in today," he said.

Stedman's silver medal was the fourth medal collected by the New Zealand Para athletics team so far in Tokyo.

Swimmer Sophie Pascoe will continue her hunt for her first gold medal of the Tokyo Paralympics tonight when she contests the final of the 100m freestyle S9 tonight.

Pascoe won her heat but was several seconds outside her best time in finishing third fastest qualifier for the final at 10.15pm tonight.

Pascoe has a silver and bronze medal in the pool so far at these games with a silver inthe 100m breastroke and a bronze in the 100m backstroke.