PARALYMPICS LONDON 2012: Devine and Woodward complete memorable 24 hours with medal doubles
ANOTHER night, another medal for David Devine as he produced a devastating sprint finish to claim 800m bronze at the Paralympics.
Devine ran a massive personal best to win 1500m bronze and less than 24 hours later was back on the track at the Olympic Stadium in a bid to complete a middle distance double.
The 20-year old has made no secret that the longer distance was his focus as he starts to step up the distances next season, with 5000m his long-term aim.
However, there was nothing wrong with his turn of speed as nicked the final spot on the podium by just four hundredths of a second.
Tunisia's Abderrahim Zhiou claimed gold and Russia's Egor Sharov silver while Devine managed to overhaul Cuba's Lazaro Rashid in the final few strides - crediting the roar of the home crowd for getting him to the line.
"It's another medal and I'm absolutely chuffed with that," said Devine, who clocked 1:58.72.
"I didn't feel too good because four races in four days have taken it out of me and that big personal best in the 1500m really caught up on me.
"I thought it was all over down the home straight because then I realised I only had 100 metres of my home Games to go and I gave it everything I had. Then I could sense him starting to tire and I just got him on the line.
"I wanted a medal in the 1500m but really I thought I could get a medal in both.
"But without the crowd I wouldn't have got into third place, I probably will never run in that atmosphere again so I'm pleased I've got something to show for it."
Bethany Woodward also completed a memorable 24 hours with 200m silver.
Woodward was part of the British 4x100m quartet that claimed bronze and less than 12 hours later she was back on the track.
She duly stormed to a new 29.50 second European record to book her final place, where the chilly conditions and previous exertions took their toll as she clocked 29.65 secs - still her second quickest run of all-time.
Namibia’s Johanna Benson took gold with new African record while Germany’s Maria Seifert completed the podium and Woodward’s British team-mate Jenny McLoughlin finished a disappointing fifth.
“It’s just an incredible feeling, a bit surreal as well after all the waiting for London 2012 to happen, I can’t believe it’s over now and I’ve got two medals,” said Woodward, who only secured her selection for the team at the last minute.
“I felt like I did everything right. My legs were pretty sore after three races in 24 hours but I wasn’t going to let that affect my performance as there was only one more chance to get out there and perform in front of these fans.
“I’ve been running on adrenaline but I will probably wake up in the morning and feel pretty bad.
“I didn’t want to finish this race without a medal. I’ve had a mixed year but getting a bronze and silver is just incredible, it’s the stuff of dreams really.”
Meanwhile, British teenager Jonnie Peacock was quickest into the T44 100m final - one of the most eagerly anticipated races at these Games.
Peacock equalled the Paralympic record to clock 11.08 seconds while Oscar Pistorius ran 11.18 sec to progress second fastest.
However, the biggest shock was the performance of defending world champion Jerome Singleton, who looked sluggish and only progressed as sixth quickest.
“It was nuts out there when they called my name and my mates and family were by the start line and it relaxed me. I haven’t been nervous at all," said Peacock.
“I’ll have to go back now and look at the video; the end of the race wasn’t as controlled as I’d like it to be.
"I need to keep my core stronger – and my start could have been better, but that race into that kind of wind could have been worth 10.90/10.95, which would have been my fastest ever first round, and I’ll come back stronger.
“I expected a few of the guys to push me more to be honest; I didn’t think I’d win by so much, so I’m happy.”
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