Rheed shines bright

BUNDABERG superstar Rheed McCracken produced another personal best time when he landed a silver medal in the men's 100m T34 final at the 2012 London Paralympics yesterday.

McCracken overcame a slow start to power home in a time of 16.30 seconds to finish behind Tunisia's Walid Ktila for the second time in a week.

The result was absolutely sensational for the young athlete as he was selected in the games to get experience for future competition.

McCracken was happy enough with his third place in the T34 200m but he said his latest edition to his growing trophy case was a welcome addition.

"I thought my bronze was the best thing ever. But I have topped it with this silver," McCracken said.

"But my third in the 200m will always be my favourite because it was my first Paralympics' race."

The young track prodigy was thankful for the support his teammates but he reserved the most praise for someone closer to home.

"Words cannot describe what my family has done for me," he said.

"From mum taking me to training every day to having someone to talk to when things get hard - and they do get hard."

With competition over McCracken said he would follow the well-worn path so many other great athletes have taken after their events.

And he will enjoy it immensely.

"Now my races are over I am going to Maccas," McCracken said.

"I will eat 24 nuggets and it's going to be good."

Topics:  london paralympics rheed mccracken

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