“I gave it my all” were the words of Shane Hudson who narrowly missed out on the bronze medal in the Men’s T47 400 in Brazil’s Olympic Stadium this evening.
Denied his day in the sun, Hudson disappointed but not defeated said: “This will make me more determined to continue. 49.07 is my season’s best. I look now to London next year where the IIPC Athletics World Championships will be held”.
Hudson came into the homestretch well positioned but was unable to hold off the bronze medalist. Gunther Matzinger of Austria (48.95), Santos Ferreira of Brazil who took silver in 48.87 and Ernesto Blanco of Cuba who struck gold in 48.79
Sport Manager and Coach, Neville Sinclair, was brief and somewhat emotional in his reaction: “It all came down to the homestretch. Today, is not his but tomorrow will be a new day and his”
JPA President, Christopher Samuda, described Hudson’s run as “valiant and inspiring and what we expect from an athlete who is determined to give his best on the day”.