Shoulder injury forces Bushell to settle for silver

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World record holder Mickey Bushell won silver for Britain in yesterday’s men’s T53 100m final at the IPC World Championships in Lyon.

Telford’s Bushell, who clocked 14.47secs in Arbon three years ago, defied a shoulder injury to cross the line in 15.12 yesterday but Canada’s Brent Lakatos took gold with a new championship record time of 14.51. Ariosvaldo Silva of Brazil claimed bronze.

“I knew I’d probably get beaten,” Bushell said. “I’m gutted, but it’s a good incentive to know I can medal when injured.”

There was another silver medal for Britain as Paul Blake finished within 45 milliseconds of Russia’s Evgenii Shvetcov in the men’s T36 400m final.

Blake also won silver in the T36 100m at last year’s Paralympic Games and his medal yesterday put Britain third in the overall 
table behind the United States and Russia.

Earlier in the day, Beverley Jones helped the cause by winning bronze in the women’s F37 discus with a throw of 28.54m, but it was Na Mi of China (33.0) and Viktorya Yasevych of Ukraine (29.3) who took gold and silver respectively.

Jones, 39, added to the Paralympic gold she won in London last year and said: “It’s great to keep at the top of my game for so long.”

Paralympic gold medallist Alan Oliveira of Brazil set a new championship record as he won a third world title in the men’s T44 400m with a time of 48.58secs to leave American duo Blake Leeper (49.30) and David Prince (50.63) behind.

After guaranteeing a third gold medal in Lyon, the Brazilian said: “I’m very, very happy. I was so happy when I crossed the line and saw my time.

“I only trained for 100m and 200m but I bet my coach is going to ask me to train for the 400m now.

“I’m completely thrilled to go back home with three gold medals.

“I don’t want to compete against able-bodied athletes.

“I want to be at my best in the 100m, 200m and now 400m, but I don’t intend to try and run in the Olympics – I just want to be running at my best in 2015 [at the next World Championships] and in 2016 [at the Rio Games].”

Swiss wheelchair racer Marcel Hug, meanwhile, picked up his fourth gold medal of the championships with a time of 3:08.16secs in the men’s T54 1500m final.