Bundy's Rheed a bronze medallist

BUNDABERG teenager Rheed McCracken has won bronze at the Paralympics.

The 15-year-old came in behind Tunisian world record holder Walid Ktila and the United Arab Emirates' Mohamed Hammadi in the men's 200m T34 sprint.

McCracken, who has cerebral palsy, is the youngest member of the Australian team and had qualified second going into this morning's final.

The Bundaberg High School student only started competing in 2012.

Rheed's father Brad McCracken said he was overcome with emotion when Rheed crossed the line and he always knew what his son was capable of.

"Pure elation is the best way to describe it really. What has just happened is unreal," Brad said.

"We have always had faith and what he has done today really just blows us away."

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