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Weatherill’s superman winner British table tennis exponent David Weatherill made a shot that was astounding, so skillful, that even his opponent’s coach was moved to applaud.

Class six world number five Weatherill, who due to a rare genetic bone development disorder needs a crutch to play, was under pressure from German Thomasz Kusiak at a crucial fourth-set moment. He was forced to his left and then made to stretch for a ball returned to the other side of the table.

It looked for all money as if he was gone, but, astoundingly, with the ball seemingly out of his reach, Weatherill leapt across, arm outstretched and managed to return a screamer of a passing shot while toppling to the ground.

The crowd went mental and the TV commentator was moved to constantly repeat the word ‘ridiculous’, although a more composed caller may have substituted that with ‘brilliant’, ‘magnificent’, ‘superb’ or (cringe) ‘awe-inspiring’. Weatherill later tweeted: “At least I might get a few YouTube hits, Superman diving forehand winner?

I practice that, I’ll have you know #ProudParalympian.” A few YouTube hits? Too right. More than four million and counting. You should check it out if you haven’t seen it: tntmagazine.com/superman

Heavy metal: Matthew Cowdrey

Swimmer Matthew Cowdrey (above) became the most successful Australian Paralympian, taking his total to 12 Paralympic gold medals and 21 medals.

He went on to add another gold to his haul, despite admitting he was a bit ‘sleepy’ after a night of insomnia brought on by days of high emotion.

And just moments after collecting his record 11th gold medal, the 23-year-old confessed he also had a bad case of gold fever. “I had pretty much ruled out Rio until about 10 minutes ago,” he revealed.

Mention, too, must go to Jacqueline Freney, who become Australia’s most successful Paralympian at a single Games, securing the seventh gold medal of her stunning week in the pool in London.

“Seven. I am in heaven,” she said, revealing a hitherto unknown ability to create poetry on the spot. Big things surely await. Will she eventually take Cowdrey’s crown?

 

Photos: Getty; YouTube


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