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15 September 2008

US thrower steals Greaves’ discus crown


World record holder Dan Greaves has had to settle for bronze in the F44 Discus at his third Paralympic Games.

The defending champion, who consistently threw 51m and above and recorded a distance of 53.04m in Beijing, was “gutted” to lose out on the top spot as Jeremy Campbell of the USA achieved 55.08m on his final throw.

Greaves won the Athens gold with a world record 55.12m but couldn’t repeat that form in China as Campbell stole his crown. The American won with 55.08m while Jackie Christiansen of Denmark repeated his Athens silver with 53.69m.

For Greaves, the Sydney silver medallist and double world champion, defeat was hard to take. He has thrown 54.05m this year and went into tonight’s contest with the best form of all the finalists.

“Any medal is good at this level,” said Greaves. “But this wasn’t the colour I wanted. It really baffles me because I feel I am in the best form of my life. It just didn’t happen. I don’t know why. I’m gutted I just couldn’t produce the extra few metres today.

“It’s difficult when you’ve won gold in the past and been at the pinnacle of the sport. This has shown me I’m not quite the best. Jeremy is a new guy to the circuit and he wasn’t consistent today. But he had a long last throw and it only takes one to win it.

“The sport has come on so much since my first Games in Sydney. We are elite athletes now. It’s just as competitive as the able bodied events. Athletes across the world are stepping up and people are coming out of the woodwork.”

Greaves is only 25, though, and is already planning to regain his title in four years time.

“Hopefully I can change things around for London,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll have grown in stature, improved my technique and I’ll only be 29. I think I can win gold in London.”

Loughborough’s Gemma Prescott made the final cut in the F32-4/51-3 shot final and went on to finish seventh overall with a season’s best of 4.77m and a points total of 938.

In the F40 shot Sophie Hancock also reached the final, finishing fifth with a 7.48m throw – another season’s best.

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