Another silver for Ballard

Gareme Ballard is the pride of Chorley
Gareme Ballard is the pride of Chorley
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Graeme Ballard believes he can continue to push his rivals to the limit after soaring to another silver at the IPC Athletics European Championships in 
Swansea.

Silver in the T36 100m, a personal best over 400m and now another second place in the 200m – it all marks a successful outing in Wales for the 35-year-old from 
Chorley.

But one man he just cannot get the better of is Russian Evgenii Shvetcov, who has dominated the classification in topping the podium three times this week.

Yet Ballard’s performance in Thursday’s 200m was the closest he has pushed Shvetcov has all week – clocking in just seventh tenths of a second behind with a time of 26.04 seconds.

And after fighting off the charge of Roman Pavlyk of Ukraine to hold onto the silver by five hundredths, Ballard is relishing the battles to come between the trio.

“I’m absolutely delighted with a silver medal. I was pushing the Russian all the way to the line and I pushed the Ukrainian so hard he fell over,” said Ballard – who is being supported by Sainsbury’s, a proud sponsor of the British Paralympic Association and its athletes all the way to Rio 2016.

“It’s a good feeling to win two medals, it would have been nice to have won, but it wasn’t to be.

“I can’t argue with two silvers.

“I’m going to have a good break now – it’s been a long season and we’ll review the situation when we get 
back.”

And Isaac Towers, from Catterall, near Garstang, believes he gave a fine account of himself amid torrid conditions in the T34 200m as the 15-year-old’s European adventure continues in 
Wales.

Towers has signed up for a gruelling four-race schedule this week and with a silver in the bag over 800m, he still has the 400m to come today.

Towers clocked a time of 32.54 seconds for sixth.

And afterwards he said: “It was a little bit tougher than normal.

“I don’t tend to struggle that much in the rain but on that occasion it really didn’t 
help.

“I struggled a bit with the wind as well.

“But on the whole it was a pretty good race for me and I’m happy with sixth, it’s a world-class field,” he 
added.

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