Greg Stewart has gained gold withinside the men’s F46 shot placed for Canada’s 2nd gold medal on the Tokyo Paralympics.
In his first Games, the 35-12 months-vintage from Kamloops, B.C., threw a Paralympic report of 16.seventy five metres to jump to the pinnacle of the rostrum at Olympic Stadium on Wednesday in Japan.
“It can not get a good deal better. It hasn’t certainly sunk in yet,” Stewart stated.
“I failed to even recognize I threw that first shot. I type of blacked out from it…I’m simply thankful for the affection and assist that were given me here.
Stewart completed the primary spherical of throws together along with his report-putting effort. No one else withinside the discipline even got here near over 5 rounds after that, leaving the Canadian in pinnacle position.
In fact, Stewart published every of the pinnacle 3 throws withinside the competition.Russian Nikita Prokhorov took silver at 16.29 metres, whilst American Joshua Cinnamo rounded out the rostrum with a throw of 15.ninety metres.
The F46 class is for athletes with a unmarried upper-limb amputation. Stewart turned into born with out the decrease a part of his left arm.
At seven feet, inches tall and weighing 350 pounds, Stewart is an implementing figure. While his top enables his launch point, Stewart stated that the game turned into all approximately technique.
He performed sitting volleyball for a good deal of his career, triumphing bronze with Team Canada on the Parapan Am Games in 2007 and 2011.
“The largest component I actually have discovered over the previous couple of years is that I love people, I love the chemistry and the camaraderie,” he stated.
However, he turned into in no way capable of attain the Paralympics in the game, and took up shot installed 2016 as a brand new road of accomplishing the Games.
“I’m certainly extra devoted than before,” Stewart stated in 2018. “[It would] suggest nearly the whole thing simply to symbolize myself. And I’d be extraordinarily thankful to symbolize the country. We as Canadians, we’re suitable people. To constitute a rustic this is loving, worrying and connected, I’m very humbled via way of means of it.
He speedy took to the game which, as an man or woman competitor, he says turned into a fresh extrade of pace.
Stewart took silver in his best earlier main global meet while he threw 16.30 metres on the 2019 international championships in Dubai.
The Canadian athlete stated he turned into nonetheless in surprise and has “no clue” while the gold will sink in.
“I’ll have an amazing cry after I get again to peer the relaxation of my team,” he stated.
“I do not know approximately the future. There’s the [world championships] subsequent 12 months however proper now I am simply going to experience this time.