Refreshed Rushgrove is ready for second shot
Ben Rushgrove is hoping a less demanding schedule will help him secure a Paralympic medal tonight and wipe out the disappointment of Sunday's 100m final.
The Bath sprinter looked a real podium candidate when he impressed in the morning's T37 heats, running 12.35secs – his fastest time of the year – as he finished runner-up to eventual champion Evgenii Shvetcov.
However, he got caught in the blocks on the night and, despite a strong run, had to settle for sixth place in 12.37.
Rushgrove was philosophical in defeat and immediately turned his attention to the 200m, where he just has the final at 7.08pm.
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"That's sport basically – there are winners and losers, and it just wasn't my day," said Rushgrove, who won 100m silver at Beijing 2008.
"I've trained really hard for this, everything has been building towards these Games, and I came here in the morning and gave it absolutely everything I had.
"My heat was the faster heat of the two and, looking at the times, I was thinking 'this is going to be a good day for me'.
"But I think the faster heat took it out of me a bit as well, I'm not that used to doing both rounds in one day. We obviously do that in training but it is a very different thing doing it in a major competition.
"I think I will be much stronger in the 200m. That is just one race, so hopefully it won't take it out of me in the same way the rounds did on Sunday.
"I'm feeling optimistic about the 200m but, as with everything, it comes down to what happens on the day. That's what is so cool about sport, that's why people turn out in their thousands to watch it. If it was predictable, people wouldn't bother."
The crowds have certainly been packing into the Olympic Stadium during the past week, with Rushgrove – who was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary just before the Games – almost blushing when his name was greeted by a huge roar in the heats.
"The crowd are what makes these Games so special," he said.
"In fact, all the people who are involved are just incredible – big shout out to the volunteers, they have been amazing around the Paralympic Village.
"London 2012 has done an amazing job with the Paralympic Games."