āI still canāt believe it, I canāt
say how happy I am. Iām really, really, really happy,ā
āSilver Bulletā Marcel Hugfinally
grabbed the Paralympic gold medal he has been waiting for, winning the
800m T54 at Rio 2016 on Thursday (15 September)
as world records continued to fall.
30-year-old seven-time world champion, who has won four silver and two bronze
medals across four Paralympic Games, looked determined to
finally top the podium as he immediately took to the lead, and he held on over
the two laps, speeding home to take gold in 1:33.76.
āI still canāt believe it, I canāt say how happy I am. Iām really,
really, really happy,ā said Hug, who admitted that the pressure was on after
winning 1,500m and 5,000m silver earlier in the Games.
āThere was more pressure definitely, but also more motivation. I hope I
can keep on winning. Iām 30-years-old, itās a good age and Iām very motivated
to continue now with this gold in my bag.
āIt feels good,ā added Hug, who admitted that winning gold felt like a
weight off his shoulders. āIt was high pressure that I could make it. Now I
have two days to relax and enjoy my time before I focus again on the marathon.ā