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Francisca draws strength from father's death

James Jose/James Jose
Filed on November 12, 2019
Francisca Mardones overcame a family bereavement to pull off an emotional win for Chile. - Twitter

Francisca, a two-time Paralympian in wheelchair tennis, threw the shot put to a distance of 8.19 metres for a historic world record in the women's F54 shot put final.

Former wheelchair tennis player Francisca Mardones Sepulveda overcame a family bereavement to pull off an emotional win for Chile's first ever world record at a Worlds.

Francisca, a two-time Paralympian in wheelchair tennis, threw the shot put to a distance of 8.19 metres for a historic world record in the women's F54 shot put final. She broke the earlier record of China's Liwan Yang (7.90) set in Beijing in 2016.

"A few days ago, I got the information from Chile that my dad passed away. I was in real grief but I took the decision to stay here and today I got a world record here. It's the blessing from him from above," said an emotional Francisca.

Meanwhile, four more world records were broken on the sixth day of the Championships and China continued to lead the medals table with 40 medals followed by Brazil (25) and Ukraine (19).

james@khaleejtimes.com


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