Paralympic runner David Devine hopes luck is about to change
Double Paralympic bronze medallist David Devine is hoping his luck will change
It has been period of frustration for double Paralympic bronze medallist David Devine since London 2012 but the Liverpool middle-distance runner is confident that his luck is about to change.
Devine has been sidelined with injury since his medal-winning performances in the 800m and 1500m metres at the London 2012 Paralympics two years ago.
A misdiagnosis of his leg pain led to an unnecessary surgery but the 22-year-old is finally close to a return and is determined to be fighting fit for a challenge at Rio 2016.
It’s been really hard over the last two years just to stay focused but I’ve cross trained 90 minutes a day every day so I’m in really good shape
And Devine, who was present during Liverpool’s celebration of National Paralympic Day on Saturday, insists he’ll indeed be back to his best in no time and is targeting the 1500m and 5000m.
“I’ve had about three operations since London and it’s all been for the same injury,” said Devine.
“It got misdiagnosed and last week I had my last operation to fix everything and that went really well so hopefully I’ll be back running in the near future.
“The big thing for me is the World Championships next year in Doha so I’ve got until next year so I’ll hopefully be in great shape by then.
“I’ll be targeting a podium finish and the big goal is to win gold in Rio and I still think I’m capable of doing that so hopefully it comes true.
“I’m still 100 per cent confident I can win gold in Rio so that’s definitely the goal in the 1500m or the 5000m and if I could possibly get two then that would be great.
“It’s been really hard over the last two years just to stay focused but I’ve cross trained 90 minutes a day every day so I’m in really good shape.”
Liverpool joined Birmingham and London in celebrating National Paralympic Day and members of the public were invited to take part in a range of Paralympic sports.
Devine was on hand at Chavasse Park to share his experiences and he believes the day was a overwhelming success.
“It’s good to see people come out and give it a try, after London it was the platform for Paralympic sport to get bigger and bigger,” he added.
“I didn’t really expect to get so much support and all the messages over the last two years and when I’m running in the park and people just shouting well done and keep it going is unbelievable.
“It’s great to be involved in a day like that because obviously I’m a Paralympic athlete and people can come and ask me questions and I’m happy to answer anything they want.”
National Paralympic Day aims to promote Paralympic sport across the UK, giving people the opportunity to relive the wonder of 2012 and to support Paralympic sports and athletes. #NPD2014 is supported by the Spirit of 2012 Trust. Visit Paralympics.org.uk/npd2014