Visually impaired athlete Carlos Greene tossed a season best 10.87m in the shot put event, to place 11th of 21 finalists to conclude his participation at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, in England, yesterday. The 43-year-old, multi-talented powerlifter was a lengthy 5.38m behind the eventual gold medal winner Andrii Holivets of Ukraine, who threw an impressive 16.25m in his fifth of six attempts. In the points tally, Holivets finished on 991 points, while Greene finished on 807 points. Greene, who also took 11th place in the discus event a day prior, made his best attempt on the second try, after throwing the mark of 9.59m. His third of an initial three alotted attempts reached 10.20m.
He was restricted from attempting a further three throws after finishing out of the top eight. Holivets, the gold medal winner, was followed by Russian Vladimir Andryushchenko (15.21m) and Australian Russell Short (14.73m), who finished in second and third, respectively.
Similarly, on Sunday, in the first of Greene’s two competitions, he also drifted out of the top eight positions after three tries, and ended 11th of 12 participants. Today, all eyes will be on T&T’s only other Paralympic representative, Shanntol Ince, who takes to the waters in her final event, the second 400m freestyle heat, which begins at 5.19 am T&T time. Ince will swim in lane seven with a qualifying time of 5:39.48.
Should she qualify for the final, Ince will return to the pool at 3:10 pm.