Blake serves up backhand for bronze celebration
After the Lightning Bolt and the Mobot, the Paralympics gave us the Blake Backhand as a double medal-winning sprinter from Bath made the most of his moment in the spotlight.
Paul Blake had already thrilled the nation with his joyous reaction to winning T36 400m silver and served up another treat before his 800m final, in which he won bronze in 2mins 08.24secs.
"My grandad played tennis at Wimbledon so I thought I'd do a backhand when my name was announced," said Blake, who won his second medal just minutes after training partner Ben Rushgrove had claimed 200m bronze.
"I've had amazing support from everyone, on Facebook and Twitter as well, but I really enjoyed the crowd. The atmosphere was brilliant, much better than I was expecting. I could run out there every day!"
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With 300m to go, it looked as though the British fans would roar Blake to victory as he hit the front and took the race to his rivals from Russia.
However, the outstanding Evgenii Shvetcov – who had already won the 100m and 400m titles – kicked past Blake on the bend and Artem Arefyev also overtook him to take silver.
"The plan was to try and run them out of it, which didn't really work," said the 22-year-old, who trains at the University of Bath.
"I went off a bit too soon, the other guys kicked past me and I didn't have enough in the tank to hold on but I can't complain, I'm overwhelmed to come away with a silver and a bronze."