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Lakeside Wheeler Damien Shaw Does Us Proud

posted 2 Sept 2012, 04:53 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 5 Sept 2012, 14:14 ]
(By Joe Duffy)    
It was a case of so near and yet so far for Damien Shaw and his visually impaired tandem partner James Brown at the London Paralympics on Thursday last, 30th August, where the pair just missed out on a Paralympic medal in the bronze medal ride-off race with Spain. The gold and silver medals went to the two Australian tandems, who it should be pointed out are full time athletes just like the Spaniards.

Media Coverage Links

Irish Times, Fri. 31st Aug.

Irish Independent, Fri. 31st Aug.

Irish Examiner, Fri. 31st  Aug.

Westmeath Examiner, Thu. 30th  Aug.

Westmeath Examiner, Thu. 30th Aug.

RTE, Thu.30th Aug.

The Journal, Thu. 30th Aug.

Irish Times, Wed. 29th Aug.
Damien And James setting for 1kIn what was the race of the day at the Velodrome in the Olympic and Paralympic Park, the tandem pairing of James Brown and his pilot Damien Shaw narrowly missed out on the Bronze medal in a race that saw the lead change several times throughout the 4km competition. 

Brown and Shaw qualified for the Bronze medal ride-off in the Men’s Individual B 4km Pursuit, in a National Record time of 4.25.557. While they came to London as World silver medalist’s in this event, the competition was always going to be tough, with two Australian bikes racing, one the World Champions and the other the World Record holders. In the qualifiers the in-form Spanish qualified as the third fastest bike, just ahead of the Irish.

In the Bronze medal ride off the Spaniards set the pace early on, leading the Irish by just 0.4 of a second after 1km. The Irish put on a push approaching the halfway mark, and reversed the lead. Coming into the second last lap the lead changed again when Spain took a massive push to secure the Bronze medal.

After the race the disappointed Irish duo, who left everything on the track, spoke about their disappointment. They were aware they were ahead during the race and did everything they could to hang on to the lead. Referring to the fact that they have only been together since January, Brown said “we will improve with more time together, we are racing against full-time professional bike riders whilst holding down a business and jobs. If we get a chance to spend more time training together on a full-time basis we will no doubt build on these results”

The Irish pair were back on the track again on Saturday morning September 1st, in the 1k individual pursuit where they rode well to take 9th place, an event that is not a specialty event for them.

Next up for Damien and James is the Road Time Trial, which is on Wednesday morning next 5th Sept. Then on Saturday afternoon, the 8th of September the Road Race will give the lads another chance to claim a podium place. These two events will be very competitive with full time athletes from Australian, GB, France and Spain expected to dominate but don’t rule out the Irish crew who could sneak a medal with a bit of luck. 

Both of Damien’s events can be viewed on Setanta Sport or Channel 4 (Sky channels 451, 452 and 453). 

Lakeside Wheelers are very proud of the performances of the lads to date and wish Damien and James the very best of luck in their remaining events.

Congratulations to Catherine Walsh and Fran Meehan (Tullamore) on their fantastic silver medal performance this afternoon in the 3km pursuit.  Well done girls.

Damien And James following their 1k race
Damien And James being interviewed by RTE following their 1k race