By Mark Etheridge┬áin London
A fourth Paralympic Games medal hasn’t stopped Michael Louwrens considering a return for a record-equalling sixth Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
On Tuesday, the 52-year-old Port Elizabeth athlete claimed the F57 shot put bronze with a throw of 13.54 metres, good for third spot.
“I was probably about a centimetre or so away from that silver medal, going on the points system but I beat the same Polish guy by about the same margin in Sydney so I guess we’re all square.
“Now I’ve got three golds and this bronze. All I need is a silver so maybe Rio in four years time. If I can keep my strength up I see no reason why I can’t do it again,” he said.
There was some early doubt in Louwrens’ mind as he was fouled for “lifting” with his first throw, meaning he left his seat before he let the sphere fly.
“I was disqualified six times here in London when I came here about two months ago. I couldn’t understand it then and I can’t now. I have thrown like this for 20 years,” he said.
“So I didn’t change anything and just carried on. But obviously it sits in the back of your mind. It was a huge field (18 of us) so it was quite nerve-wracking once I got that bronze throw but had to wait and see how the other guys did.
“To tell the truth I would have liked to throw 14m, I think I had it in me but I’m just relieved to finish in the medals.”