Sunday, September 11, 2016

the "Beast from Diest" wins the first Belgian medal at Paralympics

Marieke Vervoort (1:07.62) won the silver medal in the 400 metres, and is the world record holder for the 400m. In the London Paralympics she won the gold in the 100 metres and silver in the 200 metres

Vervoort, who suffers from a progressive muscle disease, showed 1: 07.62 for second in the final of the 400m T52, the gold went to Canada's Michelle Stilwell. Kerry Morgan of Team USA won the bronze.

"This is super, the first medal for Belgium's inside," said an emotional Marieke Vervoort afterwards. "These are my last Paralympic Games, I worked off my last race at top level. It went very well, I had to adjust any time. 1: 07.62 is a very good time. "

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