Dewitt reaches Paralympic final

Local athlete competes in 100m, 200m races in London

Nathan Dewitt of Surrey placed eighth in the 100m race at the Paralympics in London.

Nathan Dewitt accomplished his goal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London last Saturday, reaching the final in the 100m wheelchair athletics event.

The Surrey native was fourth in his heat race, clinching the final place in the eight-racer final with a time of 17.35 seconds.

He nearly matched that time in the final, finishing eighth in 17.36 seconds.

“Came eighth in the final, not such a great finish but at least my goal of making finals was accomplished,” Dewitt posted on his website. “Thanks to everyone for their support. James Hustvedt, without your coaching I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Dewitt earlier competed in the 200m event, missing a berth in the final by less than a half-second.

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