Double athletics gold for Harrison

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Veteran Harrison, who had flown directly to Puerto Rico from the Island Games in Guernsey, had to qualify through heats and a semi-final.’I won my heat and qualified quite easily in the semis,’ he said.

‘In the final I’d never raced against any of the other runners before, but knew them by reputation.

I was 0.3 sec away from gold.’With the temperature as high as 35 degrees, on a track that was melting because of the heat and in a swirling wind, he was pleased with his time of 51.3 sec, and equally pleased with his two relay wins, which he ran as part of the Great Britain team.’In the 4 x 400m I ran the third leg and the tactic was for me to stretch the Americans.

It was a tactic that worked, and we ran clear on the fourth leg.’In the 4 x 100m I ran the second leg.

At the finish, just before the line, their guy had his arm raised in triumph.

He didn’t spot our guy coming on the outside to beat him.’

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