Silver medallist Evan O'Hanlon of Australia poses on the podium at the medal ceremony for men's 100m T38 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Silver medallist Evan O'Hanlon of Australia poses on the podium at the medal ceremony for men's 100m T38 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Lucas Uebel

O'Hanlon farewells Paralympics with a silver medal

ATHLETICS: Evan O'Hanlon has ended his international Paralympic career with a silver medal, adding to his five gold from the previous two Paralympics.

The 28-year-old from New South Wales, who has cerebral palsy, was beaten in the T38 100m final by China's Jianwen Hu.

"This is the first time I've been beaten on the international stage since probably 2006,” O'Hanlon said.

"I can't take anything away from him. He ran a world record (10.74 seconds) to beat me. I just got beaten by a faster guy on the day.

"I can't complain.”

O'Hanlon, who recorded a time of 10.98, said it just wasn't his Games.

"I had a couple of issues going into the heat,” he said.

"I had an issue with my calf where it cramped really badly and that resulted in me jogging through the heats.

"Then coming out on to the start line now my tape measure broke, so it meant I couldn't measure out my blocks, I just had to guesstimate.”

O'Hanlon was due to race in the 400m but pulled out due to his calf injury.

"That's the last time you'll see me on the track for the Paralympics,” he said.

"I'd love to keep running, but realistically I'd like to give my family the best start.

"I got married in December and my beautiful wife's waited until now to be able to have our honeymoon.

"We want to start a family, and to give them the best start in life I think I'm going to have to step away from the track, regrettably.”


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