Cunningham puts Rio disappointments behind him

October 21, 2016
@Normal:Paralympic athlete Alphanso Cunningham (left) and Dana-Gaye Weller who participated in the Paralympic Games in Rio.

Double Paralympic gold medallist Alphanso Cunningham says disappointments from this summer's Games in Rio, Brazil, are behind him, noting he is focused on putting in great performances in track and field to medal at the 2017 IPC ParaAthletics World Championships in London.

Cunningham first mined gold at the 2004 Athens Games in the men's discus - F53 and gold in 2012 in London at javelin - F52/53.

He said he is training hard to be a champion again.

"Once you are a champion you will come back again; a true champion never dies," said Cunningham.

"It's a good feeling to be back here, knowing that I go out there ... perform and entertain in front of thousands and to get recognition again by your own people, and own country despite being physically challenged, is a great feeling," he said.

Cunningham still maintains a winning spirit amid stiff competition, adding he picked up an injury during the Games, which also hampered his push for a medal.

"I know, come World Championships next year, I will be looking to do greater things and so forth because I am focused on track and field," he explained.

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