Blake adds silver to gold at World Championships
Bath-based athlete Paul Blake was just edged out of a double gold medal winning performance at the IPC Athletics World Championships in France today (Friday).
Blake added a silver medal in the T36 400m to the gold he won over 800m in Lyon on Monday.
Gold today went to Evgenii Shvetcov, Russia’s Paralympic champion and world record holder. He crossed the line in 56.27 with Blake second in 56.72.
Blake had set a championship record 2:06.10 to win the 800m, taking more than five seconds off the old benchmark.
Blake is one of a quartet of talented athletes competing at the championships who are coached by Rob Ellchuk at the University of Bath and who all competed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Last night (Thursday) Sophie Kamlish, competing at her first World Championships, was edged out of the medals by just two-hundredths of a second in the T44 100m final.
She finished fourth in a personal best time of 13.62 seconds. She runs the T44 200m final tomorrow (Saturday).
Ben Rushgrove and Katrina Hart qualified for their respective 100m and 200m finals.
Rushgrove was fifth in the T36 100m final in 12.72 seconds and sixth in the 200m in 26.12.
Hart was eighth in both the T37 100m final in 14.72 and in the 200m in 30.99.
The quartet are all due to compete at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday.