ATHLETICS: Sam Ruddock sixth in Paralympic shot put

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

Rugby athlete short of his best in Rio final

Rugby’s Paralympian Sam Ruddock, 26, finished sixth in the F35 shot put in Rio last night.

His best throw of 12.70m came in the fourth round, after earlier distances of 12.32m and 12.69m. The IPC European Championships silver medallist had thrown nearly a metre more for his place on the podium in Grosseto, Italy in June but he would have needed well over 14 metres for a medal in Brazil.

Gold went to China’s Fu Xinhan with 15.19m, with Argentina’s Hernan Emanuel Urra in silver with 14.91m and Latvian Edgars Bergs taking bronze with 14.55m.

This is 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 and is the current British Record holder in the F35 classification, for athletes whose balance and co-ordination is affected by cerebral palsy.