Teen 2012 hopeful on podium again

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GREAT Cornard Paralympian Jonathan Adams has proved the switch to seated throwing will not knock him off track in his quest for a place at London 2012.

The 18-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, flew back from the IWAS World Junior Games in Dubai over the Bank Holiday weekend with two silver medals, across discuss and shot putt events.

In his first competition since being moved to a seated F34 classification, Adams threw 29.08 metres in the discus and 8.20 metres in the shot to propel himself on to the medal table.

“I am happy with what was achieved,” he said. “It gives me a platform and shows what I can do even in my first competition.

“The standards I have got under my belt in Dubai will now set me up for the rest of the season.”

Adams, who is currently a pupil at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds, actually threw the furthest in the competition, but due to the percentage he was off his own world record (40.59 metres in discus), could not end up winning gold.

With a grand prix event in Liverpool coming up next month, he is now on the road to the 2012 Paralympic games, with qualification having opened in January.

“For 2012 I have just got to keep on doing what I have been doing,” he said. “There is a lot more to it than just achieving the qualification points.

“I really want to compete in London for my country.”

Adams, who splits his time training with his coach Jim Edwards at Loughborough, in Leicestershire, and conditioning work at Zest fitness suite in Sudbury, hopes to take up a place at Loughborough College in September, while deferring a psychology course at St Mary’s University College in Twickenham.