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January 7, 2005

Aussies claim silver in Deaflympics

The Age, Australia - Jan 7, 2005

Australia claimed a silver medal in the men's shot put on the first day of full competition at the Deaflympics in Melbourne yesterday.

Dean Barton-Smith, of Bayswater in Melbourne's east, threw the shot put 14.31 metres to come in second behind Ukraine's Oleg Bilokon who scored a throw of 15.35m.

Barton-Smith is the deaf world record holder for the javelin with a throw of 70.58 metres, and for the decathlon.

He has represented his country in three Deaflympics, two Commonwealth Games and the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and will also compete in the discus at this year's Games.

Fellow Victorian Joanne Lambert, who is a five-time Deaflympian with two gold medals at Rome, finished fourth in the women's 10,000m final, clocking 38:15.05.

She is a five-time Deaflympian with two gold medals at Rome.

Barton-Smith's silver puts Australia in sixth position on the overall medal tally.

Russia is leading the charge with a gold in the women's 10,000 metres, and both silver and bronze in the men's event.

Ukraine is in second place after winning medals in the men's shot put and women's 10,000m, ahead of Iran, which scored a gold medal in the men's 10,000m.

Barton-Smith will compete again in the discus today and our basketballers will tackle Brazil in the men's competition and the women will take on Uzbekistan.

The 20th Summer Games are the largest Deaflympics in history and run until January 16, with events around Melbourne and in the central Victorian city of Ballarat.

Deaf Queen of the Pool, Cindy-Lu Fitzpatrick, lit the cauldron at the Games' opening ceremony at Olympic Park on Wednesday.


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