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Beijing Olympics 2008

News from Beijing

9 September 2008

Disappointing sixth for Loughborough thrower

Loughborough based thrower Kenny Churchill has finished a disappointing sixth in the F37/38 Javelin, failing to reach the Paralympic podium for the first time in his 16-year career.

The reigning champion, who has won gold at the last three Paralympics and won bronze at his first Games in 1992, was outclassed at a tough event where the top two positions went to home favourites Xia Dong and Zhang Xuelong – Dong winning with a new world record of 57.81m.

Churchill finished sixth with a distance of 45.30m, which he gained on his second throw.

“I am very disappointed,” he said. “I wanted to do it for my daughter Gracie and win her a medal. She’s at home now and she’s only 10 months old.

“My technique wasn’t right today, I’m not sure why. I feel like I have let myself down, my family down, and my coach down. But I’ll be back, I hope to compete in 2012.”

In the three-person keelboat student Hannah Stodel and her team are currently sixth with six races to go. Finishing sixth, ninth and fifth on the second day of action leaves them with 23 points after five races, 15 points behind leaders France and currently 10 points short of a podium finish.

“This wasn’t where we expected to be after five races,' said skipper John Robertson. “Our boat speed has been generally good but now we’ve got to go and get hold of the regatta on Thursday. We are still confident of being in the medals at the end of the series.”

In the women’s basketball graduate Clare Strange was Britain’s top points scorer as her side threw to an impressive 61-29 victory over Brazil, Strange scoring 14 points.

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