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Beijing Olympics 2008

News from Beijing

14 September 2008

Loose strap ruins West’s Paralympic hopes

Dan West’s hopes of a Paralympic Games medal in the F33-4/52 shot final were dashed when a strap holding his chair came loose during his third throw and he fell to the ground injuring his thigh and shin.

West was fourth thanks to his second throw when the strap dislodged causing his chair to tilt forwards. He hit the ground and the chair fell on top of him.

The judges allowed him to retake his third throw but the unsettled West could only manage a no throw and failed to improve in the rest of the competition.

The Nottingham athlete won the bronze in this event in Atlanta and was fourth in Athens but he could only finish eighth on Friday with a best of 10.39m as Argentina’s Kamel Kardjena won with a world record 11.54m.

West set his personal best of 11.13m this year and was hoping to throw 11 metres in the final to get among the medals. Afterwards he was treated for a damaged adductor and shin by a ParalympicsGB doctor who described him as “absolutely devastated".

Beijing is the first time West has failed to medal at the Games during his 16-year career

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