Blake storms to silver

04 September 2012 / 21:56

Great Britain's Paul Blake continued his remarkable family story by winning Paralympic silver over 400 metres at a packed Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night.

The 22-year-old son of a Star Wars actor and ballet dancer ran a new personal best of 54.22 seconds to claim the hosts' 14th athletics medal of a prolific Games.

Only a huge world record from Russia's Evgenii Shvetcov denied the Dorchester athlete, who has cerebral palsy, the T36 title and there was no sign of disappointment for the world champion as he celebrated wildly on crossing the line.

There were shouts of 'Come on Paul' as Blake took to his blocks and he was roared round the track by deafening cheers, but there was simply no stopping the imperious Shvetcov, whose time of 53.31secs knocked 0.82s off the previous world record.

Indeed, Blake's time was only 0.09s off the old mark.

The Briton's performance wrote yet another chapter in an incredible family story.

His actor father, also Paul, played bounty hunter Greedo in Star Wars, his mother, Kate, was a dancer with the Royal Ballet and his grandfather played tennis at Wimbledon.

David Devine had earlier claimed bronze in the 1500m.

The 20-year-old produced a gutsy display as he was roared down the home straight by the capacity crowd to finish a comfortable third in the T13 race.

Devine, who has a visual impairment, clocked 3:49.79 seconds, a European record and huge personal best.