Sixth for McCracken in 800 metre final

Posted on September 4, 2021 by

Rheed McCracken has closed his Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games campaign finishing sixth in the men’s T34 800 metre final at the Tokyo Stadium on Saturday 4 September.

In what proved to be a frustrating race for the triple Paralympian who just days ago won silver in the Men’s T34 100 metres, he found himself caught in traffic early on with few options to move up the field.

The Bundaberg born, Newcastle based NSWIS Scholarship holder started from lane one and needed a quick break to position himself for a chance at a medal but was cut off by eventual third placed Wang Yang of China and found himself with no where to go for most of the race.

It was always going to be a tough task for the 26-year-old starting from the inside in a field that included 2021 world record holder Walid Ktila of Tunisia and defending champion and world champion Mohammed Alhammadi of the UAE the two fastest qualifiers.

By the time McCracken could make up some ground it was too late and he finished sixth in a time of 1:47.68 behind Ktila who won his first 800m gold at the Paralympics in a time of 1:45.50 ahead of Alhammadi with silver in a time of 1:45.59 and Yang of China claiming bronze in a time of 1:45.68.

McCracken leaves the Tokyo Games with a Silver medal in the T34, adding to his incredible haul of six medals across three Paralympic Games.

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