Mansfield medal haul continues
Discus thrower, Chris Martin captured ANOTHER Mansfield medal in Beijing as the area's amazing sporting summer continued.
Chris secured a superb silver medal in the F33 class at the Paralympics in Beijing. Having led for most of the competition, he was only denied a gold when Aigars Apinis of Latvia snatched it away with a world record throw with his sixth and final effort.
Although Chris was disappointed to be denied a gold medal in such dramatic circumstances, it caps a remarkable comeback for the Mansfield Harrier who only returned to the sport last year after retiring in 2004.
In the pool, 17 year-old Sam Hynd warmed up for his main events by smashing the British record by three seconds in the SB8 100m Breaststroke Final on Tuesday to finish fifth. This followed an impressive performance in another of his weaker events - finishing sixth in the S8 100m Freestyle Final, again in a personal best time.
Sam is from Kirkby-in-Ashfield and like Olympic double gold medalist Rebecca Adlington, is a product of the Mansfield Swimming Development programme run by Mansfield District Council and Notts County Council.
Friday is a big day in the pool for Sam and fellow local swimmer Charlotte Henshaw. Sam goes in his strongest event, the 400m Freestyle and Charlotte races in her strongest competition, the 100m Breaststroke. Sam also goes in the 200m individual medley on Thursday and could make the 4x100 Freestyle and 4x100 Medley Relay teams.
Elsewhere in Beijing, Mansfield's veteran table tennis player Arnie Chan succumbed to a shoulder injury and missed out in the first round of the class 3 event.
Mansfield District Council Executive Mayor, Tony Egginton said: "Our local Paralympians have certainly picked up the mantle put down by Rebecca Adlington. If people hadn't heard of Mansfield, they certainly have now!
"The success of our local athletes has been absolutely overwhelming and there could yet be more to come. Just to be competing at this level is amazing, but to be winning medals as well is beyond everyone's wildest dreams. All of our athletes are fantastic ambassadors for the area and have really helped to put Mansfield on the map."