Busy Ballard ready for rest

Graeme Ballard
Graeme Ballard
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Graeme Ballard has vowed to put his feet up after bringing his IPC World Athletics Championship campaign in New Zealand to a close with the 200m final.

The 31-year-old raced for the fourth and final time at Christchurch’s Queen Elizabeth II Park last Thursday – finishing fifth in the T36 200m in a time of 25.42.

Ballard has vowed to take a break before deciding on his plans for the summer.

“In my opinion, I started well and finished well in the 100m final, and I made sure I executed the same race as I did in the heats,” said Ballard.

“I was in a good lane right next to the guy from Hong Kong, who won gold in the 200m at the Paralympics in Beijing, and that was good, and I feel I hunted him down.

“I am going to take a break now, it will be about two weeks I think, and then after that I don’t know. I don’t know about the summer yet we will have to wait and see.

“The summer is still a long way away, so I will rest up and see what happens when I get back into training in the UK.”

Ballard also finished fifth in the 100m final, with So Wa Wai, of Hong Kong, topping the podium.

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