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2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships wrap up: Best year to date times in Men’s 400m T20

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Ward Keelan of New Zealand. Image credit: IPC Athletics

With the 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships having wrapped up yesterday, it is worth looking at some of the best times put up so far in 2016 in this event with an eye towards Rio and the 2016 Summer Paralympics.   The A-Qualifying time for Rio in this event is 51.50  while the B-Qualifying time is 54.80.

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New Zealand’s Ethan Rangi. Image credit: IPC Athletics

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New Zealand had two competitors in this race, Ethan Rangi and Keelan Ward.  The times on this list reflect their best performances in 2016.  Despite having made the finals in this event, both put up times that were worse than the times they had in the heats and were the worst so far this year. Still, both are young and have relatively little international experience. This represented a good opportunity for both if they can stay in the sport until 2020 and improve on their times.

The pair were New Zealand’s only competitors in Dubai and failed to medal.  The country was one of only three in the competition to not earn a medal.  The others were Fiji and Afghanistan.

Name Date Event Terrain Class Age Grade Pace (mile) Time
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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