Fraser turns attention to Rio
SEAN Fraser finished fifth in a final at London 2012 for the third time on Saturday night – and he admits doing so has fuelled his hunger to address that in four years time.
Fraser was drafted into the British 4x100m medley relay team despite missing the heat, which saw the quartet set a new national record of 4:22.79 minutes.
However no one can complain about him doing so as the quartet of himself, James Crisp, Jack Bridge and Tom Young clocked another British record of 4:20.54 in the final.
That wasn’t good enough for a podium finish though, as China set a new world record of 4:09.04 to win gold by four hundredths of a second from Russia with Australia finishing third.
For Fraser fifth was a familiar story as he finished in the exact same position in the 4x100m freestyle relay final and the 100m backstroke in the Aquatics Centre.
While Crisp admitted the medley relay marked the end of his Paralympic career, Fraser is in no doubt that he’ll be in Rio in 2016.
“I have three fifth places at the Games, I am getting quite used to that position to be honest,” said Fraser – who also placed sixth in the 100m butterfly and seventh in the 100m freestyle.
“But I can’t complain, fifth in the world is pretty good and getting a British record, we couldn’t do anymore out there than that.
“We gave it our all even on day ten, and we have done really well to do a British record.
“The crowd gives you such an edge and everyone deserves such a huge thank you, all the volunteers and our support staff.
“The boys are fantastic to work with and bring on Rio I think – certainly for three of us.”
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