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ATHLETICS: Grantham is home to British shot put record holder




A Paralympian, newly residing with his family in Grantham, has set a new British record for the shot put.

Despite a damp and dreary day at the Bedford International Athletics Stadium, a third round effort of 13.13m from Sam Ruddock was more than enough to secure a new British best, surpassing the previous all-time mark of 12.62m set by compatriot Jonathan Adams.

Sam Ruddock in action (PICTURES BY JOHN BULPITT)
Sam Ruddock in action (PICTURES BY JOHN BULPITT)

This huge mark also puts him at the top of the table in the IPC World Rankings; the current world number one, however, is far from finished at this early stage in the season.

Sam said: “It’s frankly a shock that I’ve somehow thrown that distance so early.

“I certainly did not expect to throw it twice in the same competition, which is extremely encouraging; it shows the hard work is paying off.”

Sam was quick, however, in light of his recent successes to give much credit to the team that works behind the scenes in the throwing circle and the weight room.

He said: “Preparation will be the defining factor for the rest of the season’s progress and I owe very much of my own to Jim Edwards (Charnwood AC), Tim Stevenson (oneathlete) and British Athletics for their support through the Futures programme.

“Their expertise and knowledge is invaluable; I wouldn’t be in this position without them, but naturally, we don’t want to stay where we are.”

Sam was hoping that his recent performance can see him hold his own against his first meeting with his European counterparts: “I’m feeling in fantastic shape, hopefully it’s a matter of time before we surpass our own expectations again.”



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