Last-gasp leap sees Stedman steal shock long jump silver

Source: 1News

A massive final jump has seen Kiwi long jumper William Stedman leap onto the podium and win silver at the Tokyo Paralympics this evening.

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 30: William Stedman of Team New Zealand competes in the men's Long Jump - T36 on day 6 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 30, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

The 21-year-old looked completely out of the medal race going into the final jump, sitting in sixth, and having just recorded a foul on his previous attempt.

But that didn't faze the youngster, as he found the energy and stamina to soar through the air and onto the podium in extraordinary fashion, breaking a national record in the process.

Stedman's best attempt through five jumps had been 5.46m, good enough for just sixth place. But a final jump of 5.64m saw him rocket up the leaderboard and take silver.

Evgenii Torsunov of the Russian Olympic Committee took gold with a Paralympic record 5.76m. Ukrainian Roman Pavlyk won bronze.