James Arnott claims silver medal on his senior IPC Grand Prix debut

 PLYMOUTH Paralympic hopeful James Arnott warmed up for the forthcoming IWAS (International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation) Junior Games by claiming a silver medal at the IPC Grand Prix in Berlin.

The 18-year-old, who has restricted movement in his left shoulder due to Erb’s Palsy, was making his senior Grand Prix debut in Germany.

However, he did not let his lack of experience on the big stage phase him and he claimed a podium finish in the T45/46 100m race with a time of 11.93 seconds.

Arnott, who is a T46 athlete, was only beaten by his Great Britain T45 team-mate Kyle Russell.

His time might have been outside his legal personal best of 11.56 seconds, but Arnott was more than happy with how his trip to Berlin went.

He tweeted: “Been an amazing experience at my first senior Grand Prix. Massive learning curve and great to get a silver medal on the way.”

Arnott, younger brother of Exeter Chiefs rugby player Jack, will compete at the IWAS World Junior Games in Holland between July 2 and 8.

Last year, as a 17-year-old, Arnott won two bronze medals in the under-23 category at the World Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville.


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