Super Sammi’s still all smiles and ready for 800m challenge

Sammi Kinghorn is upbeat ahead of the T53 800m in Rio
Sammi Kinghorn is upbeat ahead of the T53 800m in Rio

Samantha Kinghorn has vowed to bounce back after finishing sixth in the T53 400m wheelchair race at the Paralympcs in Rio at the weekend.

To add to Kinghorn’s disappointment, after the race she was disqualified for a lane infringement.

China’s Hongzhuan Zhou powered home in a world record time to bring China yet another gold.

Chelsea McClammer of the USA zipped through late to pinch silver from Angela Ballard of Australia, the world champion, who took bronze.

But Gordon girl Kinghorn, Britain’s European record holder, was magnanimous in defeat and says she will come back stronger in the future.

Sammi said: “I’m not frustrated.

“I need to chill out and enjoy the whole experience.

“My mum and dad had everyone chanting my name. I’m still young, I’ve got a lot more to give.”

Thewose words were echoed by legend Dame Tanni Grey Thomson, the 11-time Paralympic champion.

She said: “It’s been a real step up for Sammi. The crowd, the preparation, everything is so different with this quality of race.

“What I think she can take away from this is her last 150 metres was really solid.

“She doesn’t have some of the top-end speed and endurance but that will come. She will learn so much from this race

“She’s hugely ambitious and wants to be the best in the world. At the moment she is taking steps.

“She is getting better every time she races but this race has shown there is a gap for her to get on to the podium.”

The Scot is only 20, so there is plenty of time for her to improve on that sixth-placed finish.

Last week, she reached the final of the 100m, where she finished fifth.

And now she turns her attentions to the 800m this coming weekend.