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Paralympic shot-putter Aled Davies wins gold

Welsh champion thrower Aled Davies has won gold in the F42 shot-put event at the Paralympic Games in Rio.

The 25-year-old took bronze in the event four years ago and had spoken of his desire to upgrade his medal this time around.

Aled Davies has taken gold in the F42 shot-put event at Rio. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wir

It means another gold for the Bridgend thrower, who also took top spot in the F42 discus at the London Games.

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Aled Davies goes for gold in F42 shot put

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Wales' Aled Davies is to make his Rio 2016 debut today as he sets his sights on gold in the F42 shot put.

The Bridgend born athlete is looking to build on his London 2012 success where he won a gold medal in the F42 discus, and a bronze in the F42 shot put.

Davies faced disappointment when it was announced that could not defend his F42 discus title which is not part of the Rio programme, but he remains favourite for the F42 shot put crown.

First Minister: 'Pob lwc' to Welsh Paralympic athletes

The First Minister says Wales is 'punching above its weight' at this year's Paralympic games. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The First Minister has wished luck to the 26 Welsh athletes taking part in the 2016 Paralympic games.

Carwyn Jones said: “Wales will be well represented at the Paralympics in Rio over the next fortnight as we are again punching above our weight, with our athletes making up 10 per cent of ParalympicsGB.

"After the success of Welsh competitors in so many events at the Olympics, it is great to see the breadth of events, from Archery and Athletics to Fencing and Wheelchair Rugby, in which our athletes are taking part.

“Pob lwc to all the Welsh stars and ParalympicsGB – the whole country is behind you and looking forward to another great performance!”

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Former Paralympian given award by Prime Minister

A former paralympian from Wales who survived breast cancer twice and a motorbike accident that left her paralysed is being honoured by the Prime Minister.

Melanie Davies is working to build a first of its kind rehabilitation centre in Wales.

Melanie Davies will be presented with the Point of Light Award by David Cameron for her work improving the lives of others with disabilities.

The award recognises outstanding contribution and service to the community.

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