30th August 2021
ANDREW SMALL CLAIMS THE MEN'S T33 100M PARALYMPIC TITLE
Andrew Small upgraded his Rio 2016 bronze for gold at Tokyo 2020 after a blistering start helped him win the men’s T33 100m final in a British one-three.
Small (coach: Rick Hoskins, club: Stockport) came third five years ago behind winner Ahmad Almutairi but the 28-year-old got revenge on Monday morning in the Olympic Stadium by pipping his Kuwaiti rival to the finish line by a tenth of a second.
Small’s team-mate Harri Jenkins (Nathan Stephens, DSW Para Academy) scooped bronze at his first Paralympic Games with a season’s best 18.55s (wind: -1.5m/s) behind Almutairi (17.83s), who failed to get into his rhythm early and despite finishing strongly could not overhaul Small (17.73s).
“I definitely felt more comfortable in my ability this time around, and that is all down to the experiences I have had over the last few years,” said Small.
“The start was good and that really put me in a good position.”
Debutant Jenkins added: “I’m not frustrated but I think I could have put myself in the mix to get a different colour medal.
“However, it is the best time I’ve ever produced at a major champs, this is my fourth one, so I’m pleased.”
ParalympicsGB were guaranteed a medal by virtue of providing three of the five finalists and James Freeman (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy) took fourth in 19.69s.
Six-time Paralympic champion David Weir will go for gold in tomorrow’s final of the T54 men’s 1500m, a title he won at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012, after qualifying as a fastest loser.
Weir (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy) came fourth in 2:55.84 in a lightning-fast second qualifying race won by Swiss star Marcel Hug, who broke the Paralympic record which had stood for 13 years with a time of 2:54.63.
The 42-year-old will be joined in the final by compatriot Daniel Sidbury (Christine Parsloe, Sutton & District) who bounced back from the disappointment of being disqualified in his 400m heat yesterday to finish sixth in a new personal best of 2:56.26.
Richard Chiassaro (Jenni Banks, Harlow), seventh in the 400m, was unable to reach another final as he came eighth in 3:05.44 in the first 1500m heat.
It was not third time lucky for Welshman Kyron Duke (Ryan Spencer-Jones, DSW Para Academy) who finished just outside the medals in the men’s F41 shot put.
Duke’s best effort of 12.29m earned him fourth place, 1.01m behind German bronze medallist Niko Kappel, after he came fifth at both London 2012 and Rio 2016.
Uzbekistan’s Bobirjon Omonov twice broke the Paralympic record to claim gold with a best throw of 14.06m ahead of Hagan Landry (USA) who set a new personal best of 13.88m to take silver.
“It didn’t really go to plan. I started to build over the last two throws so it came too late,” explained the 28-year-old Duke, who is already looking to the future alongside his new coach of just nine months, Ryan Spencer-Jones.
“I know what this competition is all about. I’ve been here twice before, this is my third Games so I did think perhaps it’d be third time lucky.”
Ben Rowlings (Coventry) finished ninth in the final of the men’s T34 100m in a time of 16.77s (+0.9m/s) and now turns his attention to the 800m on Friday, his main event.
And Shaun Burrows (Joe McDonnell, Charnwood) safely qualified for tomorrow’s men’s T38 400m final after overcoming the distraction of a delay caused by a faulty starting gun to finish second in his heat in 53.72s behind reigning champion Dyan Buis (RSA).
The British medallists (8):
Andrew Small – Men’s T33 100m
Hannah Cockroft – Women’s T34 100m
Sophie Hahn – Women’s T38 100m
Thomas Young – Men’s T38 100m
Kare Adenegan – Women’s T34 100m
Harri Jenkins – Men’s T33 100m
Maria Lyle – Women’s T35 100m and 200m