By Sky Sports News Journalists Orla Chennaoui and Lia Hervey
One thing the Paralympic Games haven’t been short of so far is emotion, and swimmer Ellie Simmonds gave us that in bucket-loads on Saturday night.
After smashing the world record in the 400m to win the gold, Ellie broke down in tears and was in bits during her post-race interview. It was all we could do not to want to run over and hug her! That’s what the Paralympics are all about.
She’s already broken another world 200m this morning, and whatever happens in her final this evening, we can be sure of some more high drama.
Speaking of which…the cyclists Jody Cundy gave us drama a-plenty in the velodrome. He false-started in his favourite event, for which he too was odds-on for a gold and a world record, but wasn’t allowed a restart. While the cameras caught him exploding with rage and frustration, they didn’t see what we did behind the scenes, which was that the outburst continued long after he left the lenses of the international cameras behind.
And it wasn’t just Jody, but his family and loved-ones who were devastated. We were consoling his lovely girlfriend for at least half an hour after the event, who was absolutely heartbroken.
Ellie Simmonds collecting her gold medal
We were also chatting to his parents afterwards who seemed shellshocked that their son’s chance of Paralympic gold on home soil was gone before he even got to race.
Thankfully, Jody was able to pick himself up afterwards and bag his Paralympic medal the next day, but it gave the clearest insight we’ve ever had into the dedication, sacrifice and passion that goes into each one of those medals.
And again, there was more high drama in the stadium last night as the poster boy of the Games Oscar Pistorius was pipped at the line in the 200m final by an athlete wearing controversial new blades. Oscar came under fire for complaining about the blades after the race, but it’s that fiery side we love about him. He comes across as cool, calm and collected, but he didn’t get ti where he is by sitting back and taking life as it comes.
We can only hope there’s plenty more fire and fight left in him because he still has the 100m and 400m to come.
Come on Oscar, you can do it!!