ATHLETICS: British record for Paralympian Sam

Sam Ruddock in action (PICTURES BY JOHN BULPITT)
Sam Ruddock in action (PICTURES BY JOHN BULPITT)

Rugby athlete tops IPC world rankings at shot put

Despite a damp and dreary day at the Bedford International Athletics Stadium last Sunday, a third round effort of 13.13m from Rugby’s Sam Ruddock was more than enough to secure a new British Record in the F35 shot put, surpassing the previous all-time mark set of 12.62m set by compatriot Johnathan Adams.

Sam with his record breaking distance

Sam with his record breaking distance

This huge mark also puts him at the top of the table in the IPC World Rankings; the current world number one, however, is far from finished at this early stage in the season.

“It’s frankly a shock that I’ve somehow thrown that distance so early,” said Sam, who attended Bishop Wulstan and Rugby School. “I certainly did not expect to throw it twice in the same competition, which is extremely encouraging, it shows the hard work is paying off.”

Sam is quick however, in light of his recent successes to give much credit to the team that works behind the scenes in the throwing circle and the weight room.

“Preparation will be the defining factor for the rest of the season’s progress and I owe very much of my own to Jim Edwards (Charnwood AC), Tim Stevenson (oneathlete) and British Athletics for their support through the Futures programme. Their expertise and knowledge is invaluable, I wouldn’t be in this position without them but naturally, we don’t want to stay where we are!”

Next on the horizon is the next leg of the IPC Grand Prix series, which stops in Berlin on June 19-21. Sam hopes that his recent performance can see him hold his own against his first meeting with his European rivals.

“The big boys from Russia, Ukraine and Poland will hopefully enter this meet, which will give me a chance to see how we measure up and who’s been doing their winter training!” said the British Athletics Futures athlete. “I’m feeling in fantastic shape, hopefully, it’s a matter of time before we surpass our own expectations again.”

PICTURES BY JOHN BULPITT