PARALYMPICS: Cwmbran's Kyron Duke philosophical after missing out in amazing javelin final
6:01pm Friday 7th September 2012 in Sport
CWMBRAN’S Kyron Duke admitted he’d been blown out of the water in the F40 javelin after missing out on a medal in a final that required the record books to be rewritten four times.
After finishing fifth in the shot put 24 hours earlier, Duke had hopes of a podium place in his main event and stoked his ambitions by setting a lifetime best of 38.64m in the opening round.
Ultimately that was as good as it got for the Welshman as three different competitors broke the world record before China’s Zhiming Wang emphatically extended the original mark by over seven metres to take gold with 47.95m.
In all there were nine throws registered which would have broken the world record at the start of the day and after finishing eighth, 19-year-old Duke was left in no doubt about the task that lies ahead of him.
“It was incredible, those Chinese are ridiculously good and to throw a 47m and just smash the world record by that much is just insane,” he said.
“It opened my eyes and the last time I saw most of these guys was at the World Championships in New Zealand last year and the Chinese guy I’ve never really seen him before.
“They’ve just come out of the blue and that was a crazy throw.
“I felt good and I felt ready and I had done my personal best so I guess I can’t really ask for too much more really.
“It was incredible to compete out there and get a PB in London and a medal would have been good but the other competitors were better.”
Wang’s mammoth final throw helped him take the title from previous world record holder Ahmed Naas of Iraq – who had only reclaimed his record in the penultimate round.
Fellow Iraqi Wildan Nukhailawi took bronze but despite failing to muscle his way into the medal shake-up, Duke insisted his career was still well on track.
“I’ve still got Rio though and that should be my next Paralympics so that is the one I’m looking at,” he said.
“We’ve got the World Championships in January and then a load of competitions in between that.
“Now I’ll have a week or two break just to chill and see my family and have a little holiday.”
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