A disappointed Ali Jawad finished fourth in the Paralympic -56kg powerlifting competition at London 2012 after having two lifts ruled out.
The 23-year-old from Tottenham missed out on bronze by a whisker, his Chinese rival getting the nod by virtue of his lighter bodyweight. But Jawad felt he should’ve had the silver medal after raising the bar with 189kg but having two attempts ruled out.
“Obviously it’s disappointing, but you just have to take it,” he said afterwards. “I'm going to have a big break and see if I'm capable of doing another four years.”
Jawad was cheered on by a sell-out crowd who chanted his name throughout, and he added: “I want to thank the crowd for coming. They were so good today and I'm sorry I let them down.”
Jawad was hoping for a medal at London 2012 after disappointment at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008.
Shortly before he competed in China he became seriously ill and several months later was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease which has caused diet problems for Jawad, who is now 12kg lighter than he was four years ago.