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Churchill wins silver

Ken Churchill
Ken Churchill

Ken Churchill won javelin silver for the Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland team on day six of the International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships.
 
The 31-year-old reigning Paralympic champion just missed out on retaining the F37 javelin title he won in Lille four years ago.
 
He finished second to 20-year-old Chinese thrower Xia Dong, who only successfully completed one throw during the competition in Assen, the Netherlands.
 
Dong threw 48.84 with his first attempt – just under a metre off Churchill’s world record of 49.78m he set in May.
 
Churchill put in a consistent series of throws, all over 40m, his best attempt being his second round effort of 45.84m. That would have been enough to break his own eight-year-old championships record if it wasn’t for Dong.
 
Churchill, the Durham Harrier now living in Loughborough, said it was always going to be difficult to win gold given a shoulder injury that had hampered his preparations for Assen.
 
“I’ve had a shoulder injury and it got worse and worse during the competition,” he said. “If I was injury-free I think I could have gone over 50m.
 
“I thought I’d need to go over 50m today to win, but it just didn’t happen,” he added. “I’m second best in the world and I don’t want to be second best – I want to be number one. I also want to take the world record over 55m. I’ve got something to work on in training.”
 
Churchill’s silver takes GB’s medal tally in Assen to seven gold, seven silver and four bronze.

David Weir continued the outstanding form that seen him win three gold medals in three days by crossing the line first in the opening round of T54 200m in a championship record of 25.31 seconds. Brian Alldis just missed going through, finishing in 27.80 seconds in his heat.

Tracey Hinton
(Cardiff AC, British Blind Sport) continued her good form in Assen by finishing second in her T12 400m semi-final in a personal best of 1:01.19 to secure a place in the final.