The morning sun distilled its Thursday rays on the Stade du Rhone where Shane Hudson and David Bascoe, semi-finalists in the T46/47 400m, contemplated their future.
The experience was not foreign for Hudson. Two years ago, in Guadalajara Mexico at the Para Pan American Games, he went through a similar thought process in the semi-finals and and then the finals where he won the coveted silver medal having yielded the gold, by celebrating too early, to a Venezuelan athlete on the line. For Bascoe, the experience was entirely new but not daunting.
Hudson went in semi-final one and it was business as usual. He pressured the first 150m, relaxed for the next 100m, executed the ensuing 100m and then for the final 50m he measuredly “shut it down” crossing the line in 49.74.