It was an emotional Tanni Grey-Thompson who waved goodbye to her career at a rain-soaked Manchester Regional Arena as Britons took the limelight on the final day of the Visa Paralympic World Cup.“I’m so emotional, I can’t stop crying,” said the 37-year-old Grey-Thompson after finishing second in her favourite event, the T53 200m in 35.01 seconds.
Grey-Thompson, who has won 11 Paralympic Games gold medals and six London Marathons in her career, said: “The support was fantastic, especially on a day like this. But I’m just so pleased it’s done. I am really, really happy that it’s finished.”
Grey-Thompson got a good start but just couldn’t end her long and successful career with a victory as USA’s Jessica Galli pulled away down the sodden home straight.
“My start and pick-up were OK, but I just couldn’t get going after that,” said Grey-Thompson. “There’s lots of reasons for that – partly my feelings, partly the conditions. I really am better in the dry.”
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photos Janos Schmidt