paralympics: Sheffield’s James Crisp happy but wanted more

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SHEFFIELD’S James Crisp was frustrated at not winning a medal last night but with a silver already in the bag he admitted his main objective had been achieved.

The 29-year-old won silver in the 100m backstroke on Friday but could only finish fifth in the 200m medley.

He said: “I’m pretty annoyed really because my personal best would have got me bronze. I’m pretty angry with myself but for whatever reason it didn’t quite click.

“A lot of the focus before the Games was the backstroke and luckily I got a silver in that one so it won’t take me long to get over it because of that. I’ll be cursing myself for a little while though.”

Crisp, who trains at Ponds Forge, went into the final with the intention of taking the race to the rest of the field, but despite a strong backstroke leg, he admitted he had not done enough in the first hundred to be able to hang on.

He added: “Normally I have to utilise my backstroke a little bit, I don’t think I quite picked up enough lead on that one to hold them off.

“My second hundred is definitely my weakest of the two. The guys with two legs and a strong freestyle normally pull me back but this time because I didn’t have enough of a lead they overtook me.”

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