ATHLETICS: Third GB call-up for Paralympian Sam

Sam Ruddock after London 2012, where he ran the 100m and 200m
Sam Ruddock after London 2012, where he ran the 100m and 200m

Shot putter aiming for a medal

In his third senior level call up for Great Britain Rugby’s paralympian Sam Ruddock will this time make his world debut in the F35 Shot Put, an event in which he finished 5th at the 2014 European Championships.

He is among 45 track and field athletes selected last week by British Athletics for the 2015 IPC World Championships in Doha, Qatar

Sam is excited to go head-to-head with the best in the world: “Last season was a fantastic stepping stone, I have worked extremely hard and it hasn’t been easy to progress but now stand firmly in the world’s top three.

“I can’t believe I’m in this position before these Championships,” said Sam, who aims to continue his rise to the top of elite paralympic athletics in Rio 2016.

Thanking his coaches, British Athletics Futures and his family, Sam said without their support and guidance, he wouldn’t be in a position to hopefully return from Doha with a medal.

“I have prepared as best as I can to perform and now it’s time to return on their investment in me,” he added.

The current European Champion, Alexander El’min of Russia, who extended his own lifetime best from 12.90m to 14.27m this season, is the favourite to take the gold but Sam believes that anything is possible on the day.

“We’ve competed against each other before and it was hard to match his power and technique in Swansea but I’m a different athlete now. I have a lot more experience compared to last year. He has indeed set the standard high in this event but I’m ready for the challenge.”

The F35 shot put final is the first event on day five of the IPC World Championships and will begin at 0930 local time on October 25, with live coverage by Channel 4 and online via the International Paralympic Committee website.