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Icelandic Jumper Places Seventh at Paralympics

Icelandic track-and-fielder Baldur Aevar Baldursson placed seventh in broad jump in the Paralympics in Beijing on Tuesday. Baldursson jumped 5.42 meters which is the same length as the Icelandic record set by Baldursson.

“Amazing is the only word I can think of to describe it,” Baldursson told Morgunbladid, adding that he will start practicing straight away for the next Paralympic Games in London four years from now.

A world record was broken in broad jump in Baldursson’s category (F37) when Chinese track-and-fielder Ma Yuxi jumped 6.19 meters.

Baldursson has now finished competing at the Paralympics. The next Icelandic athletes will compete on Saturday, sprinter Jón Oddur Halldórsson and swimmer Eythór Thrastarson.

Iceland’s Minister for Social Affairs Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir was in attendance during the broad jump competition in Beijing on Tuesday and presented the medalists with wreaths of flowers during the award ceremony.

Sigurdardóttir is the honorary guest of the Icelandic Association of Disabled Athletes at the Paralympics in Beijing.

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