Athletics - Men's 400m - T46 Final - London 2012 Paralympic Games
GOLD MATZINGER Gunther AUT Austria
SILVER NASCIMENTO Yohansson BRA Brazil
BRONZE UGGL DENA PATHIRANNEHELAG P SRI Sri Lanka
LONDON, September 4
Gunther MATZINGER (AUT) won the men's T46 400m, for athletes with an upper body limb impairment, in 48.45 but, in many people's eyes, the real star of the race was the silver medallist Yohansson NASCIMENTO (BRA). NASCIMENTO, who famously asked his girlfriend Thalita to marry him after his win over 200m earlier in the Games, was the only T45 runner in the final and came through with a strong finish to move from fourth to second in the final 100m and finish in a world record for his more severely impaired class of 49.21.
"I thought I might get a medal, but I didn't realise I'd be the the only one who'd go under 49 seconds." - Gunther MATZINGER
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