21st Jul 2017

Duke wins Silver Medal at London 2017

Kyron Duke took silver for Great Britain in the F41 shot put at the World Para Athletics Championships after throwing a season's best 12.28m in the final in London.

The Welshman wants to build on his success after a successful Championships, Duke said "It feels amazing, my distance was not my best but a silver medal, you can't be sad about that.”

"It just brings back memories from 2012, I love everyone in the crowd and I can't thank them enough for supporting us. It is just amazing. I would like that gold in future though so I will just have to train harder and smarter. I have to just keep doing what I am doing, more technique, more footwork.”

"We have got a really good base in Cardiff: strength and conditioning coaches, soft tissue therapists, nutritionists - they have all supported us to get into this position so I am very grateful."

In addition, sprinter Rhys Jones finished fifth in the T37 100m with a time of 11.88 after he ran a personal best of 11.69sec in the heats

Jones was upbeat despite missing out on the medals, "I missed three months' worth of training at the beginning of the year, so to be here and qualify second fastest with a lifetime best, you can't ask for too much more," he said.

"It is frightening to think what could have happened had I not got injured for those three months but I'm here, I'm happy and healthy.  I got out well - my starts have been going great, but... the Championships is one I'll have no regrets on."

"Obviously I would have loved to have won a medal at a home games, but just coming out here to experience it - London was superb five years ago, but this has been on a par - has been special and I wouldn't change a thing about anything," he added.

On Tuesday evening Sabrina Fortune had hoped to add a world championship medal on home soil to the bronze she won in Rio, however she finished sixth in the evening's opening event, the F20 shot put, with Poland's Ewa Durska taking gold

Looking ahead to today’s action, Stephen Morris runs again, this time in the T20 800m at 20.13 where he will hope to get on the podium for the first time in a World Championships.

All the action is live on Channel 4 here: http://paralympics.channel4.com/watch-live/


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