Super Dan does his bit on thrilling finals night
Discus thrower Dan Greaves kissed his silver medal as he graced the Paralympic podium yesterday.
The 29-year-old Leicester athlete hurled his way to second place at the Olympic Park on Thursday night.
At one point the former double gold medal winning sportsman was in first place, but the gold was finally claimed by American Jeremy Campbell, who beat the Brit by 1.04m.
During the competition, fellow Brit Jonnie Peacock dethroned South African Oscar Pistorius in the 100m final, and Dan ran over to his triumphant teammate to celebrate before dashing back to his own event to carry on.
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Dan, who competes for the Charnwood Athletics Club, in Loughborough, said: "We obviously knew there were 11 finals that night, so there was a great opportunity for British medals.
"When I had the hug with Jonnie I was in the gold medal position, so to have it taken away was frustrating. But it was a thrilling Thursday and to be part of that was great."
Despite the disappointment of losing out on the gold, Dan's throw of 59.01m was still his season's best.
The thrilling final went down to the last throw of the night, but as the Olympic Park crowd cheered him on, Dan – who was injured five weeks before the games – could only manage 55.58m, and second place.
"My event has moved on and it was a massive season's best for me," he said. "To get the medal was great, especially having had the problems with my hernia," he said.
"I was always going to compete, I knew the injury wouldn't stop me but to have that in the preparation obviously wasn't ideal.
"However, I always knew I was in good enough shape."
Dan won gold at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, and bronze at Beijing 2008.
He has long spoken of his desire to break the 60m barrier, with the 59.85m he set in June last year still the furthest he has ever gone.
"I'm not going to let this one die as I really want to get to four world championship golds.
"It would have been nice to carry my form through and get the gold this year, but Jeremy is a great competitor.
"I can't be too disappointed with the way I threw and it was great to be part of what was an amazing night."
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