Second silver for Ballard at European Championships

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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 Chorley athlete.

Great Britain's Graeme Ballard

Great Britain's Graeme Ballard

But one man he just can’t 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’s 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.”

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