London 2017: Day 2 morning athlete reaction

Flashquotes from some of Saturday morning's World Para Athletics Championships medallists. 15 Jul 2017
a para athlete holds a British flag

Great Britain's Stef Reid won the hosts' second gold of London 2017 with victory in the long jump T44.

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This page will be updated with athletes' quotes throughout the second session of the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 on Satruday (15 July) morning.

Women's discus F41

Raoua Tlili (TUN) - Gold

"In one way, I'm happy to win the gold but, in another way, I'm not entirely happy because I wanted to throw 33m (close to her world record of 33.38m) or 34m and I could only manage 32m."

Niamh McCarthy (IRL) – Silver

“It was a hard competition and my mind let me down a bit. I had to keep a cool head. I know I can throw better but I still got a medal so I can’t complain. I’ll take silver.

“(Raoua) Tlili is an amazing thrower so I did as well as I could hope. I’m delighted because my aim when coming here was to maintain my silver from Rio and I did that. What more could I ask?

“There was a lot of pressure on my shoulders and it wasn’t my best throw but a medal is a medal. It’s a shame it wasn’t better because I was flying this morning in warm-up – you should have seen me.

“I have a lot of family with me today, so it’s great to do this in front of them. London nearly feels like home to me, it’s only across the water. My mother is English as well so I had a lot of support from that side of the family.

Men's javelin F55

Milos Zaric (SRB) – Gold

“When I compare Doha, Rio and London, this was the best competition for me. Especially after Rio, I was very motivated to succeed here. I had very strong opponents so I am glad I managed to win gold. I expected them to throw even further so I am glad my performance was enough to win. I guess there will be some celebration prepared for me in London. I have around ten friends from Serbia here supporting me. After London, I am off and will travel a bit around. I do not plan any more competitions. I think I will get back to training after a month back home in Uzice.”

Women's long jump T44

Stef Reid (GBR) - Gold

"I felt nervous coming in this morning but once I came out, I thought: "I am at home". I didn't went to be the silver girl for ever. Of course, you have voices in your head but you have got to be tough.

"I have been in this sport since 2006 and it's now 2017 that I am in the middle of the podium... It feels amazing. It has been a long journey. "

Marlene van Gansewinkel (NED) – Silver

“I know one day I am going to be a world champion -- just not today. It all comes step by step. The conditions and the weather were not ideal for me. It was a bit difficult with the wind and the bit of rain. I could not have the proper, fast run up. The track is not the fastest one.

"In the end, I can be happy I got close to my season's best. The season was tough. I got over-trained so I did not have too many starts.

"I do not know what I will do for the next month. I 'm starting university. I'm going to study human movement technology so I will focus on that. After that, I will get back to training.”

Men's discus F37

Khusniddin Norbekov (UZB) – Gold

“The medal is a great but the performance was not the best. It was a mistake of the referees I had to throw the last attempt again. But I wanted to throw despite the fact I knew I was already the winner. I expected throws over 60 metres. But it was enough for the victory so it counts.”


Men's 100m T47

Yohansson Nascimento (BRA)

“I’m really happy to be back here because this place brings me so many good memories. I felt shivers when I walked out here. I was thinking about when I left home for the first time to go and train in Sao Paulo for the London 2012 Games.

“There are so many memories for me here, of winning my gold medal, of course, but also when I proposed to my wife. It is really a special place. Also in the 100m when I got injured, I made sure I got to the finish line and the whole stadium was cheering me on. So it is a really remarkable place for me.

“This stadium also has a really fast track. The heat was easy and I was relaxed but I still ran my third fastest time of my life. Now I just need to wait because I hope to win at least one more medal here.”

Live coverage and results from the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 can be found each day at Around 1,150 athletes from 90 countries will compete in 202 medal events between 14-23 July.