Paralympic silver for Michael

MICHAEL Anderson couldn't be happier with his performances at Beijing in the Paralympic Games.

At the weekend, Anderson claimed a silver medal in his pet event, the 100 metre backstroke in the S10 classification and it took a world record to stop him winning gold.

The 21-year-old was only marginally edged out by American Justin Zook, who finished 0.18 of a second ahead of the Coffs Coast swimmer.

There was no shortage of effort from Anderson in the final and he was so exhausted after the race from giving it his all that he could hardly get out of the pool.

The silver medal has capped off an incredible meet for Anderson, who managed to swim personal best times in all three of the events in which he competed.

“I'm very happy with my results,” he said.

“Doing a PB in all of my races and a medal to boot is great.”

Anderson lowered his best time in the 100m freestyle by 0.17 of a second to swim 56.08, while he finished sixth in the final of the 50m free after taking exactly a second off his best time in the heats before swimming faster again in the final to record a time of 25.04 seconds.

Not a bad effort for a bloke who just wanted to break the 26 second mark in Beijing.

The experience of his first Paralympic Games is something Anderson says he will treasure for a lifetime.

At this stage he hasn't been able to see anything outside the athletes' village or the Water Cube swimming venue but the moment the swimming meet is over, the swimmers will be able to get out and about and experience Beijing.

Tomorrow the team will be travelling to see the Great Wall and then Anderson will have some free time to himself.

It is time badly needed considering that he has been training for five hours a day to fulfil his dream on top of his busy study schedule on the Gold Coast.

Repton's star swimmer is due to arrive home on Saturday.



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