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Robson already looking to Rio for medal win
4:02pm Monday 10th September 2012 in London Olympics 2012 - Latest News
SUNDERLAND’S Hazel Robson has no intention of calling time of her athletics career – and is already targeting a fourth Paralympics in Rio.
Robson, with one gold, two silvers and two bronzes from her previous Games appearances, failed to medal at London 2012.
After just missing out on the podium in the 200m, the 33-year old came home seventh in the 100m final, clocking a season’s best of 15.23 seconds as Russia’s Elena Ivanova sprinted to gold.
And she revealed her disappointment at failing to win a medal for her inspiration, young cousin Thomas, who she’d promised to bring home a shiny present.
“It was a really close race and I really wanted to win a medal for my cousin Thomas.
It wasn’t meant to be but there is always next time,” she said.
“I got a really good start but I faded at the end of the race and my legs felt like jelly. I think the heats in the morning might have taken it out of me.”
Robson was the third oldest in Saturday’s final but silver medallist Min Jae Jeon is 36 – giving the Jarrow and Hebburn AC sprinter hope that her 14-year international career can continue a little longer.
And next year’s focus is the World Championships in Lyon, where she will seek to upgrade the 100m silver she won in Christchurch in 2011.
“I’m not going to retire, I still really like training and competing, I love my athletics,”
she added. “It’s still a season’s best, so it shows I’m running well and I can’t stop now.
“It’s been an amazing experience, although Sydney is still the best Games for me because that’s when I won the gold medal.”
Dan English and Lee Brunton have been challenged to lead Great Britain’s five-a-side football team to the medal mix-up at Rio 2016 by retiring legend Dave Clarke after the host nation finished their London 2012 campaign on a high over the weekend.
English 21, and 18-year-old Brunton are two of GB’s youngest squad members and they ended London 2012 with a first win of the competition on Saturday as goals from Keryn Seal and a apt second from 41-year-old Clarke in his 145th and final international appearance secured a 2-0 win over Turkey, and with it seventh place. On paper, Great Britain would appear to have under-performed at London 2012, finishing seventh compared to coming fifth at Beijing 2008, but luck certainly wasn’t on their side as a 1-0 defeat to Iran was followed by draws with Argentina and Spain and then a penalty shootout defeat to China.
As a result, Clarke believes the future is bright the likes of English and Brunton, claiming he leaves Great Britain’s future in safe hands.
“There aren’t going to be many people who finish seventh in these Paralympics in a team sport who can say they drew three, lost one and won one and ended with a positive goal difference,” said Clarke, who carried the torch at the Opening Ceremony.
“The fundamental reason for giving up is that the building blocks are there now to move forward and perhaps four years ago they weren’t there.”