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Cassidy wins Bronze in 1500m at Commonwealth Games

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Josh Cassidy (Guelph, ON), Canada's top male wheelchair racer, returned home from Delhi with a T54 1500m bronze medal from day seven of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Cassidy was predicted to make the podium and wasn't far from placing gold. "It was my intention to get away early, which I did,", he said. "I had a great first 400m out in front and was leading at 800m. I pulled over to let the next guys through to take their turn in front but they slowed the race right down on an already slow track at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

"I was of two minds whether to surge again and take the race from the front; my concern was not to burn out at the finish. I was holding out well as we hit the final straight but the Australian, Kurt Fearnley, made a phenomenal sprint finish and he came past me pulling fellow Aussie, Richard Coleman with him."

Fearnley's time was 3:19.86, with Coleman at 3:20.90, just 0.24 seconds ahead of Cassidy's 3:21.14. Cassidy showed his raw power in this race but Fearnley's ultra-light weight gives him a power-to-weight ratio advantage in a sprint for the line. "If I hadn't hesitated to attack, things could have panned out differently, maybe I wouldn't have got caught on the sprint," said Cassidy, "However, I am inspired by today's performance and I am proud to make the podium for Canada and come away with my first big Games medal."

Cassidy also had good things to say about the facilities in Delhi. "The accommodation was better than Beijing, the food was great and the facilities were excellent. This is to the credit of the organizers - they suffered major problems with the monsoon affecting the program and this wasn't really profiled in the media buildup to the games. So, overall, I think they did a great job."

Cassidy will now be training hard for the New York Marathon in November.