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New Zealand cyclists, from left, Stephen Hills, Sarah Ellington, Eltjay Mallspender, Nicole Murray and Anna Taylor. Ellington, Murray and Taylor do a round of work in Tokyo on Wednesday afternoon.
Swimmer Jesse Reynolds opens a medal for New Zealand at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo on Wednesday. However, he finished seventh in the second round of the men’s 400m freestyle S9 and 12th out of 13 overall, so he did not qualify for the final.
Along the way, Sarah Ellington was the first of three Kiwi riders. She finished 11th in the individual C1-3 women’s race and did not qualify for the evening medal.
Exposing the team to additional risks from Govt in Tokyo is not something they want to take.
Starting the first day, the New Zealand Wheel Blocks took the United States to pre-vote their medal chances.
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Kiwis action on the first day of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo on Wednesday (all New Zealand times):
Day 12:06: Jesse Reynolds – 400m Freestyle Men’s S9, Second Round
8pm: Jesse Reynolds – Men’s 400m freestyle final at S9 (if qualified)
1 p.m .: Sarah Ellington-Womens C1-3 3000m Personal Pursuit Qualification
13:56: Anna Taylor – Women’s C4 3000m IP, Qualification
2.17pm: Nicole Murray – Women C5 3000m IP Qualification
4.45 pm: Sarah Ellington-Women’s C1-3 3000m IP Medal (if eligible)
5 pm: Anna Taylor – Women’s C4 3000m IP Medal (if eligible)
5:25 pm: Nicole Murray – Women’s C5 3000m IP Medal (if eligible)
Rear chair wheelchair
2.30pm: Will Blocks vs. America, Crop b
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