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'I'd worked so hard, it was almost unreal'

Paul Blake proudly showing off his first-ever gold medal Photo: PA

Paralympic gold-medallist Paul Blake says the moment he won his race was almost unreal because he'd been dreaming about for years.

The Dorchester athlete, who has cerebral palsy, won gold in the T36 400m and silver in 800m in Rio. Paul says he hopes his efforts on the track will inspire a new generation of athletes.

Take a look at the moment he watched his gold-medal winning performance back for the first time:

In Brazil, the 26-year-old vomited after his race, a combination of the exertion and the tension building up from watching his Paralympics GB team-mates return to the athletes' village with sackfuls of medals before his campaign had even begun:

Because I was so late on in the competition and seeing everybody else do so well, I just wanted to get going and I got a bit over-excited. I went out far too quickly, but I still managed to win it!

I'm really happy with the result, especially coming from 2012 - having the silver medal there and the bronze medal in the 800 - and to go one better in Rio, I can't complain.

– Paul Blake