Apinis takes silver in Paralympics shot put

Latvia’s Aigars Apinis has added another medal to his collection, earning silver in the men’s shot put and setting another world record during the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Apinis, 35, hurled the shot 10.02 meters in the Sept. 12 final in Beijing’s National Stadium, setting the record in the F52 class.

The gold medal went to Kamel Kardjena of Algeria, who set a world record in the F33 class, according to the official Web site of the Beijing Paralympic Games. His best result was 11.54 meters. Kyle Pettey of Canada took the bronze.

Apinis on Sept. 8 won the gold medal in the men’s discus throw, setting a world record in the F52 class. The class is for athletes “in [a] wheelchair with spinal cord injuries and amputation,” according the Paralympic Games site.

The Paralympic Games continue through Sept. 17.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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