Robin Womack: I've practiced national anthem!
ROBIN Womack will be hoping to hit the right notes when he goes for medal glory in the Paralympics tomorrow.
The wheelchair bound shot-putter goes in to the Games ranked third in the world.
And he has been practicing his singing just in case he finishes first.
“I have been singing the national anthem just to make sure I know the words in case I win,” laughed Womack.
“But I’m definitely going in there to try and win a medal.
“I don’t really mind or care what colour one I get but I’m desperate to make sure I’m in that top three.”
Womack goes in to the event with a season’s best of 11.01metres but his rivals for a place on the rostrum are all evenly matches.
Zagout Khamis, from Palestine, currently leads the rankings with 11.34 metres but Womack feels it is impossible to predict who will come out on top.
“It really it so close that any one from 10 could win it,” said Womack.
“It just comes down to who can deliver on the day and I hope that will be me.
“I’m really looking forward to getting out there and using the crowd to my advantage.
“I know how to control my nerves as well now too so I’m confident of producing a good performance.”
Womack will be roared on by more than 20 close friends and members of his family.
And the keen Southend United supporter also goes in to the Games with the backing of Blues striker Neil Harris who hopes to Womack win.
“It was a privilege to meet Robin when he came down to our training ground not so long ago and behalf of all the lads I’d like to wish him all the best,” said Harris.
“I’ve read his story in the Echo and it would be brilliant if he would be able to come back with a medal.
“I’ll definitely be tuning in to all of the Paralympics on television and hope Robin and all the other GB athletes have a very successful Games.”
Womack’s heats, for the combined F54/55/56 categories start at 10.01am with the top eight then going through to compete in the final.