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Published on Sep 8, 2012
Medallists GOLD MARTIN Raymond USA - United States of America SILVER ITO Tomoya JPN - Japan BRONZE PEREZ JUAREZ Leonardo De Jesus MEX - Mexico
LONDON, 7 September Raymond MARTIN (USA) took the lead just 100m into the T52 men's 800m wheelchair race and was never headed after building up a two-wheelchair-length lead on the first lap. The 18-year-old London 2012 100m and 400m champion added the gold medal over two laps of the track, crossing the line in 2:00.34. World record holder Tomoya ITO (JPN) came through strongly on the second lap to get within two metres of MARTIN and take the silver medal 2:00.62.
""There are just no words to describe it. I just wanted to get the experience at these Games and to get three gold medals is great. I didn't think I could be one of the fastest athletes on the track. The Paralympics has been so unreal, I never thought I'd be on the podium. The crowd are so loud."" - Raymond MARTIN said