Paralympics 2012: Charlie's Paralympic diary - Day 5
- 3 September 2012
- From the section Student reports
After two-gun salute Saturday, now it's time for Super Sunday! Superhuman - real people making the headlines!
One man who's really in the headlines across the world is Oscar Pistorius - even though he won silver, not gold, in the T44 200m final.
Watching him run the 200m was amazing but even more amazing was watching Alan Oliveira run the last 100m to come back and beat him.
I listened to Oscar's interview after the race and from his views he is clearly not happy. He was saying the length of the blades of Oliveira are too long but surely that should be discussed before the race and not 30 seconds after you have been beaten?
That has slightly put me off Oscar Pistorius, as I think you have be gracious in defeat as well as victory.
GB are now in second place in the medal table with 54 medals. I really feel we will smash our target of 103 medals!
Highlights for me on Sunday were:
- Jessica Jane Applegate winning gold in the 200m freestyle swim at only 16 years old
- Hannah Russell breaking her own PB to win bronze in the 100m butterfly after winning silver last week
- Watching Aled Davis throw his way to victory was a real highlight for me today. His quote made me laugh, as he said: "Discus is an old man's sport". Aled is only 21, so it came to a real surprise to him when he beat a number of senior athletes. He threw an impressive 46.14m
- Stef Reid took silver in the women's long jump. Interestingly she calls her prosthetic leg 'The Cheetah'
- William Bayley , however he was extremely disappointed with his amazing achievement. Even more incredible is to hear that he has trained for six hours per day for the last six years. I think it shows how committed the athletes are to their sports
- Another highlight, for the whole of these Games, is the amount of world records that have been broken - nearly 100 records have been smashed already!
The Games are throwing up many stories and dreams as well as disappointments.
I feel really proud to see GB athletes on the podium collecting their medals. It really makes me want to train to achieve their levels.
I am now really looking forward to watching the wheelchair rugby. I will be glued to coverage of these Games.