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Jessica Heims is 8th in the Paralympics discus

Track & field: Her effort of 85-2 3/4 is a personal best

Jessica Heims bumps fists with her coach, Bill Calloway, during practice at Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 31, 2016. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Jessica Heims bumps fists with her coach, Bill Calloway, during practice at Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 31, 2016. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

Jessica Heims set a personal best in the discus with an effort of 85-2 3/4 inches, good enough for eighth place at the Paralympic Games on Sunday at Rio de Janeiro.

Heims is a 17-year-old senior at Cedar Rapids Prairie.

Yao Juan of China won the gold medal with a fling of 146-1. The other American in the field, Natalie Bieule, was sixth.

Heims will compete in the women’s 400-meter final at 4:12 p.m. Monday.

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