Wheelchair racer Jamie Carter delighted with Paralympics debut
CLEETHORPES Athletic Club wheelchair racer Jamie Carter admitted he couldn't have asked for a sweeter Paralympic debut after setting a personal best and reaching a final at London 2012.
The 17-year-old from Binbrook had to wait until yesterday to get onto the track of the Olympic Stadium – but it was worth it as he set a lifetime best first up.
Carter clocked 30.85 seconds in his 200m heat in the morning, enough to sneak him into the final in the evening as the eighth and final qualifier.
That was where Carter stayed in the final as he clocked 30.94 but he wasn't complaining, insisting his Parlaympic debut will live long in the memory.
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"The aim was to make the final and I did that. It was good, there were a few little blips but that is racing for you," said Carter.
"Overall I am happy. It was a personal best and I made the final at my first time of asking at a Paralympics.
"Being at home is the best way to make a Paralympic debut. I have experienced the crowd out there now and it is not going to be a big shock when I get back out there.
"I have got the 100m on Saturday and will go back and rest and get ready for that. The aim of the Games was to make both finals and if I do that I will be happy.
"I have got to learn to stay calm and focused which I was out there and it gets your adrenaline going and you have got to learn to control that which comes with experience."
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