Carlee Beattie, of Australia, wins silver in the long jump at her first major competition wearing a prosthetic arm.
Carlee Beattie, of Australia, wins silver in the long jump at her first major competition wearing a prosthetic arm. Mike Ehrmann

Carlee claims silver in London

CARLEE Beattie is stoked with a silver medal in her second Paralympics in London.

Beattie fouled in her first two jumps yesterday before moving into third place with a 5.34m leap with her third.

After a foul with her fourth, she leapt 5.38m with her fifth jump, .03 behind second placegetter, China athlete Jingling Ouyang.

Like the true champion she is, Beattie kept her best until last and moved into second with a leap of 5.57m.

Yesterday, Beattie said in a trackside interview she was stoked to win silver, the same medal colour she won at last year's world championships.

"I am stoked to win silver but not all that happy with how I jumped; two jumps were from behind the board. I know I can jump so much better," Beattie said.

She missed gold by .07.

Beattie said she hadn't been worried about her first jump foul because she felt she was jumping well.

"The wind was a bit choppy," Beattie said.

The event was won by 19-year-old Russian Nikol Rodomakina, who also won gold at the world championships last year.

Athletics team manager Andrew Faichney paid tribute to Beattie.

"It was a great (last) jump from Carlee. She was under a lot of pressure but she delivered," he said.

Beattie was presented with her silver medal at 10.10pm (UK time) yesterday.

Beattie used her prosthetic arm for the first time in a major competition and according to coach Brett Jones, will again use the arm in the 100m heats tonight (AEST).

If she qualifies tonight, the final will be at 6am on Thursday (AEST).



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