Shaun Burrows finishes seventh in T38 400m Paralympic final

It’s a phenomenal effort given a tough last few years

Staffordshire athlete Shaun Burrows has finished seventh in the final of the T38 400-metres at the Tokyo Paralympics.

The Cheadle runner finished with a time of 53.25 seconds, bettering the time he recorded in the heats on Monday by 0.47 seconds, where there were an incredible four false starts.

He was only 0.23 seconds off his personal best, which he achieved at the European Athletics Championships in Poland in June when he won a silver medal.

The T38 category is for athletes whose co-ordination is mild or moderately impaired, affecting one and more limbs and thus balance. Overall, these competitors are able to run freely.

Mexico’s Jose Rodlfo Garcia took gold in the event with a time of 49.99 with Mohamed Chida of Tunisia taking silver and Canada’s Zachary Gingras, the bronze.

Burrows comes through in Lane 4

Burrows, who has Cerebal Palsy, has had quite the journey to the Games.

He won a bronze in the 400-metres at the 2015 Para World Championships but has had a trying past few years due to a severe hamstring injury.

It led to him considering quitting the sport in 2018.

But he returning to training in the middle of 2019 – only for the pandemic to hit nine months later.

Burrows was forced to train at home and around his local leisure centre’s car park.

Nevertheless, he earned a call up to compete for GB at the European Athletics Championships in Poland in June where he extraordinarily claimed a silver.

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