It's very tough, but fun for Jade
10:36am Wednesday 5th September 2012 in London Olympics 2012 - Latest News
JADE Jones is experiencing firsthand how tough the Paralympics can be – but she is relishing and not dreading the challenges she faces at London 2012.
Less than 24 hours after competing for the first time in the 400m, where she failed to reach the final, Middlesbrough’s Jones was back out for the heats of the 800m.
However if the 400m was tough then the 800m wasn’t any easier as Tatyana McFadden and Wenjun Liu set a ferocious pace that she couldn’t keep up with.
The top two from each of the three heats progressed automatically to the final then the two fastest losers – however 16-year-old Jones wasn’t one of them.
She finished fifth in her heat in 1:56.16minutes with Canada’s Diane Roy, in third, and Australian Christie Dawes, in fourth, occupying the two fastest loser spots.
Jones admitted to finding her heat difficult but with the 1500m still to come in the Olympic Stadium she isn’t going to shy away from the task that lie ahead.
“We always knew that Tatyana was going to go out fast, that is her specialty. She has got a great start and she can hold it,” said Jones.
“I went into it relaxed and I tried to go with the flow but Diane Roy made it a difficult race and tactical. It was difficult but I am happy with it.
“There was quite a bit of bumping and barging but that is the way it goes at the Paralympics.
“I wasn’t happy at all with how I performed in the 200m but I took that experience away and the 800m was much better and hopefully I can keep on progressing.
“I like having a busy schedule and I love racing and it’s nice to get another go if things don’t go quite right.”
Britain had won three wheelchair racing medals before Jones took to the track for the second time – Mickey Bushell, Hannah Cockroft and David Weir all winning gold.
And Jones naturally admits to watching the three reach the top step of the London 2012 podium has inspired her not to give up on her campaign.
“It is good to see them doing so well it spurs you on a bit.
I’m going to rest, eat and sleep now and get ready for the 1500m,” she added.
“I’m still young and I don’t know where my strengths are so I’m happy to do a bit of everything.”
And last night Weir brought the house down by completing part two of a possible Paralympic quadruple with another glorious gold.
The wheelchair racer could not have got his tactics more right as he showed no signs of tiredness from his 5,000 metres triumph two days earlier to successfully defend his T54 1500m title.
The 33-year-old was content to tuck in just off the lead for most of the race before hitting the front with around 300m to go and then holding off his rivals down the home straight to deafening cheers.
He crossed the line in three minutes 12.09 seconds, producing a 44.84-second last lap to finish 0.23secs ahead of Thailand’s Prawat Wahoram.
Weir’s success made it six gold medals for Great Britain’s athletes on just the fifth day of competition.