The New Zealand Paralympic team has secured its ninth gold at Rio

By Caitlin Keating
Updated September 16, 2016 01:40 PM
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New Zealand blade runner Liam Malone has broken a second Oscar Pistorius Paralympic record.

In one of the closest finishes at this year’s Games, 22-year-old Malone and Germany’s David Behre sprinted for the finish line in the final of the men’s 400-meter T44, according to Australia’s Wide World of Sports.

Malone claimed the gold medal in 46.20 seconds, and was just .11 seconds outside New Zealand’ able-bodied record, according to Stuff in New Zealand. (Pistorius previously set a record of 46.56 seconds in 2007.)

“I knew these boys were fast,” Malone told Newstalk ZB. “I had the top end speed and I went out hard. I knew it was going to be kill or be killed.

On Tuesday, he broke Pistorius’ first record in the men’s 200-meter T44 final in a time of 21.06 seconds. Pistorius’ record was 21.30 seconds.

According to The New Zealand Herald, Malone reached out to Pistorious – who is currently serving a six-year jail sentence for the murder of 2013 Reeva Steenkamp – for advice earlier this year.

“All we talked about was training, and not his circumstances,” he said. “It was purely business.”