Congratulations to our Sporting Ambassador Stephen Miller MBE who has struck silver at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin.
Stephen became a Paralympic club throw champion in 1996 – took silver for his sixth successive European medal in the F32 Club Throw with an throw of 29.78m during the morning session on day three.
Stephen, of Gateshead Harriers pushed the current world record holder and Paralympic champion
Miller – a three-time Paralympic champion – rolled back the years as he produced a consistent series of throws, with his second-round effort the best of the rounds. With athletes taking all six throws in one series, the pressure was on Stephen to deliver his best within that timeframe. After a starting mark of 28.58m, his second effort was recorded as 29.78m, raising the bar for his opponents who followed.
Poland’s Maciej Sochal defended his European title with a best of 31.12m which left Miller to pick up his sixth European medal.
Stephen reflected afterwards: “I didn’t feel like I threw very well today. I didn’t really fulfil my potential so I’m a bit disappointed. The way it turned out, I think I could have won the gold medal, so it is hard to take when you know you could have done a little bit better. But you take it on the chin. A silver is a silver and it is another one to add to the collection. The story continues but it is frustrating.
“I was consistent but to be honest, I never properly hit one. But I had great preparation coming into this one – I’ve had great support from British Athletics & the National Lottery this year which has helped me a great deal. It is always a pleasure to represent Great Britain & Northern Ireland.”
On adding another medal to his ever-growing collection, Stephen added: “This is my sixth European medal, I’ve won a medal at every Europeans now, so it is great to continue that run. There were not many competitors there today, but you can only face who is here. To win another medal is a great honour – it is not something I take lightly.”
Congratulations Stephen from all the team at Cerebral Palsy Sport