ATHLETICS: Sam Ruddock in Paralympic shot put tonight

Sam Ruddock in his Great Britain kit from London 2012
Sam Ruddock in his Great Britain kit from London 2012

Watch Rugby athlete competing in Rio de Janiero

Look out for Rugby’s Paralympian Sam Ruddock who will be representing Great Britain in the F35 shot put this evening (Monday) in Rio de Janeiro.

Sam will be throwing at 18:05 Brazilian time, which is 22:05 GMT and television coverage should be live on Channel 4 and More 4. He says it would mean the world to have support from his home town.

In touch last week, Sam felt preparations for competition had started better than he could have hoped for. The ParalympicsGB athletics team were based at Belo Horizonte, which was their preparation camp before they transferred to the Paralympic village.

Sam told the Advertiser the camp had been expertly prepared by the BPA and staff at British Athletics to ensure they were ready to take on the rest of the world.

“That fills me with a lot of confidence and self belief, with these things, anybody can fulfil their potential when the time comes,” he said. “Our head coach has referred to these crucial last days as the time to put the icing on the cake that we’ve been baking for the past four years. I’m doing my upmost to ensure that when the cake is finished, I’ll enjoy lighting the candles and blowing them out!”

This will be the former Bishop Wulstan and Rugby School student’s second Paralympics, having competed as a sprinter in the 100m and 200m in London 2012.

Since then he has made a very successful switch to the shot put, where he won silver at the IPC European Championships in Grosseto, Italy in June.

Sam, 26, competes in the F35 classification, for athletes whose balance and co-ordination is affected by cerebral palsy.