Hudson poised for Paralympic medal
Jamaica's team at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games is poised to capture its first medal in track and field competition today.
Shane Hudson will enter today's final of the T45/T46/T47 400 metres at the Olympic Stadium with the fastest qualifying time. Hudson advanced to the final after winning semi-final Heat Three in 49.53 seconds, defeating Cuban Ernesto Blanco, 49.68.
Hudson ran a cautious race in the semi-finals and has promised to give his all for a medal today.
Running from lane four in the third semi-final, he had an even start and took control 200 metres out to easily beat his Cuban rival.
"I am feeling fine. The hour is tomorrow and I will give it my all," said Hudson, who won silver medals in the 2011 and 2015 Para Pan American Games and the 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Athletics Championships.
TIME IS NOW
Coach Neville Sinclair expects Hudson to do very well.
"Shane's time is now, and he knows that he alone can make the call he so deserves," Sinclair said after yesterday's semi-finals.
The other qualifiers for today's 6:05 p.m. final are Gunther Matzinger (49.90) of Austria, Brazil's Petrucio Ferreira Dos Santos (49.96), Hermas Muvunyi (49.99) of Rwanda, Kouame Jean-Luc Noumbo (50.14) of CÙte d'Ivoire, Venezuela's Samuel Colmenares (50.22), and Antonias Aresti (50.42) of Cyprus.