Staffordshire Paralympian Ian Marsden made the final of the KL1 canoe sprint final at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics on Friday but missed out on medalling.
The 49-year-old, who suffered a spinal injury aged 21, qualified for the final eight after producing a time of 52.806 seconds – nearly three seconds faster than his heats feat.
He went on to finish eighth in the final itself, with a marginally slower run of 52.848 seconds.
Peter Kiss of Hungary took gold, clocking 45.447 seconds to earn his Paralympic best time.
Brazil’s Luis Cardoso took the silver while Remy Boulle of France takes home the bronze.
Tweeting after the event, Marsden said: “Well 5 years and that’s it from me.
“Sorry I couldn’t bring it back but thank you everyone for your support it means a lot.”
A tough pre-Games for Marsden
The Rio 2016 bronze medallist achieved his goal of being on the start line at the Games after a trying year.
His father passed away from Covid at Christmas before two close family friends also died over the festive period.
It made for a very disruptive build-up to the Games where he was playing catch-up on training.
Speaking to Sport in Staffs prior to the Games, Marsden said: “With the way the year’s gone and the way it’s going at the moment, to get on the start line on the course in Tokyo will be a massive tick in the box.
“You trust what the coaches are doing and the plan, stick to the programme and hope that it all pans out.”
Teammate Emma Wiggs earned gold in the women’s VL2 – a first for Great Britain.
Her achievement adds to the two GB bronze medals picked up by Jeanette Chippington, also in the VL2, and Oliver Robert in the men’s Kayak sprint.
The closing ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympics takes place on Sunday.
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