Paralympians miss out on the medals in London

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THERE was disappointment for Paralympians Jonathan Paterson and Mike Kerr as they failed to return from London 2012 with a medal.

Paterson, from Motherwell, scored as Team GB’s seven-a-side football team beat the USA 4-0 last Wednesday (September 5) in their final pool game, but heavy defeats to Brazil and Ukraine had already done the damage to their campaign.

The Brits lost 4-3 to Argentina on Friday as the minor places began to be sorted out which set up another meeting with the Americans on Sunday.

This time they won 3-1 to finish the competition in seventh place - the same classification as Beijing four years ago.

The wheelchair rugby also saw Team GB face the USA last Wednesday, but Mike Kerr, from Uddingston, and his teammates suffered defeat in their opening pool game, 56-44, with Kerr grabbing two goals.

The next day France were the opposition with Mike scoring another two goals in a 57-50 win, but hopes of progression were dashed in the final pool game on Friday as Japan were victorious 51-39.

This left Team GB to fight it out for the minor places on Saturday and, after beating Belgium 54-49 in the morning, they saw off Sweden 59-47 in the evening to finish in fifth place, with Kerr scoring a goal in the first game and two goals in the second.

Meanwhile, cyclist Aileen McGlynn from Glasgow, a former pupil at the visually-impaired unit at Uddingtson Grammar, picked up two medals.

She took silver in the women’s 1km time trial and bronze in the pursuit.