Timorese athlete wins gold medal and beats Asian record in the 400 m

Freitas, who had already won the first qualifying round with a time of 54.01 seconds, improved in the final to 53.14 seconds. The previous record was 53.44 seconds.

Timorese athlete Teófilo Freitas won the first ever gold medal for East Timor at the Asian Para Games, setting an Asian record in the 400 meters in the final of the race in Jakarta.

Freitas, who had already won the first qualifying round for the final with a time of 54.01 seconds, improved in the final to 53.14 seconds. The previous record was 53.44 seconds.

The T37 class covers all track events for athletes with coordination deficits (hypertonia, ataxia and athetosis).

Freitas' gold was the second medal for East Timor in the 3rd edition of the Asian Para Games, which are taking place in the Indonesian capital.

Timorese athlete Pascoela dos Santos Pereira won the first ever medal for East Timor (bronze), in table tennis.

The third edition of the Asian Para Games in Indonesia brings together more than 2,800 athletes from 43 nations (including a unified delegation from Korea), that compete from the 6th to the 13th of October in 512 events in 18 different sports.