Ballard’s silver lining

Great Britain's Graeme Ballard celebrates winning Silver in the Men's 100m - T36 at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 2, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS Athletics. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

Great Britain's Graeme Ballard celebrates winning Silver in the Men's 100m - T36 at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 2, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS Athletics. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

1
Have your say

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.”