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Wearside 200m sprinter narrowly misses out on medal

Hazel Robson congratulates her competitors in the 200m Photo: David Davies / PA Wire

A 200m sprinter from Sunderland has narrowly missed out on a medal at the Paralympic Games.

Hazel Robson, who now lives in Houghton-le-Spring, made the final of the T36 200m sprint after qualifying in sixth position.

She was slow out of the blocks on the night, but fought back to take fifth position and then was promoted to fourth after another sprinter was disqualified.

Robson, who was born with cerebral palsy, won gold in Sydney in 2000 and has medalled every Paralympic Games since.

She ran a season's best in the heats but found the race more difficult in the final, partly because of her starting position.

Hazel Robson came fourth in her 200m sprint Credit: Lynne Cameron / PA Wire

She said: "Lane nine isn't a very good lane because everyone is chasing you down."

But the athlete said she was not the type of racer to blame the lane.

"In the final I thought I would run a little bit quicker. But I couldn't because my legs were too tired. I just have to wait until next Saturday for my 100m."

She added that the crowd had done everything they could to help her.

"It was amazing. The crowd cheered GB just for us. It helped me to get through and to get a season's best and I can't ask anything more."

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