After storming to a sensational silver in the T36 100m final on his Paralympic debut, the University of Bath’s Ben Rushgrove has today learned that he will not be competing in Monday’s 200m heats.
The 20 year old sprinter aggravated a foot injury in his medal winning display and walked up to collect his medal on crutches.
He could have risked long term damage and decided not to compete on the advice of the ParalympicsGB and UK Athletics medical staff.
Rushgrove, who set a 200m world record in 2007, now has his sights firmly set on London 2012, will turn his attentions on supporting the rest of ParalympicsGB for the remainder of the Games.
“Beijing has been a great experience and to win a medal in the 100m was fantastic. I am disappointed not to be on the start line for the 200m but the bigger picture is more important. I will now be concentrating my efforts on getting fit and beginning my preparations for the next major event,” said the Team Bath athlete.
Meanwhile, the University of Bath based swimmer Kate Grey finished fifth in Wednesday’s SB9 100m breaststroke finals with a time of 1:26.35 and 12th overall in yesterday’s 200m individual medley, finishing fifth in the heats.
In judo, Darren Harris, who also trains at the state of the art University of Bath facilities, enters the repechage after losing to Victor Sanchez of Cuba on day one of competition.
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