Robinson strikes gold in Beijing


New Zealand paralympian, former Hokitika teenager Holly Robinson, now studying in Dunedin, struck gold at the 2014 IPC Athletic Grand Pix, in Beijing, last week.
On Tuesday, Robinson broke the shotput record with a throw of 10.84m. It broke her own national record by an impressive 16cm.
"There were five competitors in the shotput and they had mixed classification under the AWD (athlete with disability) system," coach Raylene Bates said.
"This included the world leader in the F44 class in 2013 and another very good Chinese thrower. We knew that we had to beat them by 1m to win the gold on the Raza points system."
Robinson threw 10.59m on her first throw and then had a couple of fouls before breaking the New Zealand record with her sixth and final throw.
"So we got the gold on the Raza points system and then Holly got drug tested," Bates said.
"The officials were great although it is just as well she has been drug tested before as the language and communication does make it hard."
Robinson also broke the New Zealand record in the javelin, the AWD event that has been included in this year’s IAAF Grand Prix Grand Final at Birmingham in August.
But she had to settle for the bronze medal under the Raza points system.
Bates wanted Robinson to experience international competition where she was faced with instructions being given in a different language.
"It was great preparation for Doha," Bates said.
"I wanted Holly to compete in a different culture and get used to a different style of competition."
The next Grand Prix in Doha is special for Robinson because a top performance will get her automatic entry to the Birmingham Grand Prix Finals.
"The top five AWD javelin throwers in the world will be invited to Birmingham," Bates said.
"Holly was ranked third in the world last year and this performance will lift her standing."
Robinson won gold in the women’s shotput with a throw of 10.84m. As well as bagging gold, that was a new Paralympic New Zealand and Oceana record. Robinson also had success in the javelin with a throw of 35.58m, winning a bronze medal. Her throw was a personal best and a New Zealand record.