CHORLEY’S GRAEME Ballard banished his Paralympic demons to win silver at London 2012 – however he insisted those thoughts only came to mind after the race and not before.
The 33-year-old executed a near perfect race, dipping at the line to clock 12.24seconds– the only problem was that Russia’s Evgenii Shvetcov went even better and set a new Paralympic record of 12.08.
Ballard said: “It was a fantastic race and as far as I can see the best man got the gold on the day. It was so close; I couldn’t have done anything better really,” said Ballard.
“He was stronger and I am very satisfied with a silver medal. The crowd were fantastic all the way from start to finish.
“When I came out of the tunnel the noise level was incredible but when I got onto the line to start the race it went dead quiet for you.
“That crowd was amazing; you couldn’t ask that from any other country really. The support has been absolute top notch.
“It has been my best Paralympics by far. I raced in Beijing but Beijing was a bit of a bad experience but there were no Beijing thoughts on my mind.
“The lap of honour was unreal, I couldn’t believe it. At one stage it made me feel like I had won that race.”