LAUNCESTON shot putter Todd Hodgetts has won gold at the London Paralympics.
The Newstead Harriers club member coached by John Minns beat the world champion Jeffery Ige of Sweden and set two world records on the way to claim his 16.29 metre win inthe shot put (F20) class.
“This is a dream come true, I am honoured to represent my country and to also win gold is a dream come true, it’s the greatest day of my life,” Hodgetts said.
After winning the medal, the 24-year-old formernational weightlifting championgrabbed the Australian Flag and did a lap of honour.
“It was a moment I will never forget, the crowd was electric and I loved every moment of it.”
Malaysia’s Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli won bronze with 15.21 metres and fellow Australian Lindsay Sutton of Queensland finishing sixth.
Hodgetts thanked his coach Minns.
”John is the best coach in the world for sure, I cannot thank him enough for what he has done for me since I relocated to Canberra, and this paralympic gold medal I share with him for sure.”
Hodgetts has already announced he will defend his Olympic medal in Rio 2016.
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