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It was my dream come true to have another shot at Games

LIMERICK athlete James McCarthy last night said it was a dream come true to be competing in the Paralympics -- 16 years after last competing in the Games.

McCarthy (40), who is in a wheelchair, finished 13th overall in the shot put. He last competed in the Paralympics in Atlanta in 1996.

McCarthy said in his first put he "may have had a rush of blood to the head".

"For the second one I needed to relax and start doing what I had been doing in training," he said.

"For the third one I just went for it and that was my best throw.

"It was a dream come true to be back here 16 years after my last Games in Atlanta and to have my family here to see it."

McCarthy was a junior javelin world champion in 1990.

In athletic events, throwing frames without wheels are used instead of wheelchairs. The frames are more robust than a wheelchair and are easier to tie down to a solid position. The frame is tied to a series of points on the ground in a shot put or discus circle.

Irish Independent