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She looked at me and smiled. She told me that I was the best in the world, and that over the 100 metres that season no one had come near me, and that it was my race to win. What was amazing was that in every 100 metres race we had competed in that year, she had come second. She had the most to win, if I lost. It would be her chance to win gold. She could have said something that would have messed 43 TA N N I G R E Y T H O M P S O N up my head, and made me lose concentration before the race. But she didn’t.

To race at nine o’clock in the morning meant that I had to be up at around four thirty. Ian was less than happy to be up at that time, but he got up to be with me for the race. Going on to the track I looked across to the finish line and saw the BBC presenters Clare Balding and Colin Jackson. Both just looked at me and nodded. The semi-final had been close. I had drawn a good semi and had won. The second semi, which I managed to watch track-side, had been won by Madeline Nordlund from Sweden in a 45 TA N N I G R E Y T H O M P S O N new Paralympic record.

You can win every event in a championship season but the general public, sports administrators and the media will only remember who won the big one. Second, no athlete has a right to win a medal. Athletes can go into major Games as favourite or underdog. But apart from the psychological benefits or disadvantages this might bring, on the day it is a split second of time that will decide who wins and who doesn’t. In Britain we love the underdog, the people who come from behind, or who deal well with adversity.

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