Hudson progresses to T47 400m final


September 17, 2016
In this photo released by the IOC, Charl Wessel Du Toit of South Africa (left) wins the gold medal in the men's 400-metre - T37 final athletics event, at the Olympic Stadium, during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday. (AP Photo)

Shane Hudson ran cautiously but assertively to progress to the final of the T47 400m today at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, when he hopes that the battle he won yesterday will become the prized victory in today's war.

With sights on a medal, Hudson's game plan in the semi-final was to test the competition and execute in order to earn a good lane for the final and he did just that.

Running from lane four in the third semi-final, he had an even start but took control at the top of the backstretch and on the home curve and was controlled in the final metres stopping the clock at 49.53 the fastest time going into the final.

"I am feeling fine. The hour is tomorrow and I will give it my all," Hudson said.

His silver medals in the 2011 and 2015 Para Pan American Games and the 2015 IPC World Athletics Championships are historic achievements as he looks replicate in the future.

Sport manager and coach, Neville Sinclair, in characteristic style, said: "Shane's time is now and he knows that he alone can make the call he so deserves."

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