Bushell finally upgrades Paralympic silvers to gold

All that glitters is gold for wheelchair racer Mickey Bushell, who finally had his day in the sun and at long last there wasn't a silver lining in sight.

Bushell finally upgrades Paralympic silvers to gold

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Mickey Bushell wins 100m wheelchair sprint gold at the London 2012 Paralympics (AFP)

So often having to settle for silver, 22-year-old Bushell blasted his way to 100m gold at the London 2012 Paralympics with an ease that belied his arduous journey to the top of the podium.

A bicep-bulging start pushed Bushell, who came second in Beijing 2008, into the lead almost from the off. At half way the world record holder could taste gold and he didn’t let up, cruising over the line in 14.74 seconds to banish all of his near misses.

At last year's IPC World Championships in Christchurch, it was a similar story for Bushell but in London, little was going to stop him, and with the 200m still to come, he's not finished yet, revealing the champagne will have to remain on ice for a few days longer.

"It was fantastic, it went a lot better than I thought and it was pretty much as I imagined it from start to finish," he said.

"The crowd was fantastic and it definitely pushed me on and made a big difference.

"Gold was the only thing I wanted really, I knew I had to work for it and it's been a long hard four years.

"I've got another race to go yet so I won't be celebrating too much just yet. I'm not sure about double gold - I'll have a better idea after the race.

"The 100m is definitely my strongest event so this was the one that I was targeting and this was the one that I wanted.

"I didn't hear the crowd in the race, I was just focusing on what I was doing. I got a good start and pulled ahead and I was just happy to stay there in front."

Bushell's gold medal was Great Britain's third in the Olympic Stadium, the 12th in total and the third time a wheelchair race has triumphed.

Hannah Cockroft captured 100m gold while less than 24 hours before Bushell's victory, David Weir won his third Paralympic title with a memorable late night 5000m victory.

"I watched Dave Weir and I was bouncing off the balls in my room, it has been an inspiration to see Great Britain winning athletics gold medals," added Bushell.

"Dave has been massive as a teammate and as an inspiration. He was there for me in Beijing even though he had lots to worry about himself. He's a fantastic role model."

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