Pair of British Discus Throwers Excel In Front of Home Crowd


A pair of British athletes have proven quite successful in the field discipline of discus in London. Both athletes secured podium spots in their various categories at the 2012 Games.

On the men’s side, Dan Greaves, of the host nation of Great Britain, secured second place in the F44 classification. Greaves partook in what was dubbed “Thriller Thursday,” as Great Britain saw its athletes earn six top spots in various events from athletics to cycling to sailing. Greave’s second place finish rounded out his career performances in various Games. He has previously placed first in 2000 in Sydney and 2004 in Athens, as well as third place in Beijing in 2008.

“What an amazing night to compete! Thank you so much for all your support, I threw my heart out,” Greaves tweeted after his sterling performance in London.

The women’s discus event saw fellow Briton Claire Williams take third place in the F11/12 classification. The 24-year-old Llanarthne native threw 39.63 meters to take the final spot on the podium in London. Williams actually threw the furthest discus of the day, but because points were awarded per their category, Williams wound up placing third. Williams is visually impaired, putting her in the F11 category.

“This has been a long time coming for me, having competed at both Athens and Beijing,” Williams said. “I am over the moon. It is the highlight of my career. It was the most pressure I have had, but at the same time competing in front of 80,000 British fans was the biggest encouragement myself and other athletes could have asked for.”

Congratulations to both Greaves and Williams on their wonderful accomplishments in front of 80,000 adoring home fans.


John Ohail


September 12, 2012