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Paralympic hopeful in anxious wait for London 2012 call-up

Paralympic hopeful Simon Lawson faces an agonising wait to discover if he’s done enough to represent Great Britain at the London showpiece.

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WAITING GAME: Simon Lawson, out for a training ride on his bike, must wait to see if he is selected for the GB Paralympic team

The wheelchair racer failed to hit the one hour 40 minute target for the marathon at a qualifying event in Switzerland last weekend.

Lawson, 29, finished just 60 seconds off the pace, and admitted being physically drained due to a flu virus that disrupted his training.

He said: “All I can do now is hope the selectors have seen enough in me to give me a chance.

“To miss out automatically by such a slim margin hurts but I just didn’t have the energy.

“The marathon is a gruelling event, but I know I can go below 1.40. I have proved it before, but on the day I fell short.”

The Maryport ace came fifth, and is ranked No2 behind six-time London Marathon winner David Weir.

Weir has already bagged his place, and now Lawson faces a nervous three-week wait.

He said: “I have already asked the British management if there are any other events I could enter.

“I know I can achieve the qualifying time outright.

“Having to wait is not a nice position to be in, but I know I have done well.

“I spent 11 days inside with flu and didn’t train for three weeks. That hampered my training and ultimately, my disappointing finish in Switzerland.”

Lawson was paralysed 11 years ago when he came off his motocross bike during a practice session.

He is coached by Ian Thompson, the husband of Paralympic legend Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Lawson said: “Ian has reassured me that I did well. I know deep down that I did, but when you don’t compete to the level you know you can, it’s disappointing.”

Have your say

I hope and pray you get your place at the Paralympic's because you really deserve it.No matter if it's rain,hail,sleet or snow, you are always on the road training.You are a determained young man and deserve to get a place. Fingers crossed.x

Posted by Babs on 13 June 2012 at 22:18

You did fantastic Simon, and i hope that the organisers give you, this well deserved opportunity to represent your Country. People like you make me proud to be a Cumbrian and British. Good Luck Simon x

Posted by sue on 8 June 2012 at 10:21

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