Shaw misses out on individual glory in Berlin

Shaw’s chances of an individual medal slipped away but he still has the relay to come. Pic: Ben Booth Photography

Zac Shaw feels he has failed to do himself justice throughout 2018 after bringing the curtain down on a disappointing World Para Athletics European Championships.

The Grimsby athlete missed out in the opening day’s 100m in Berlin and the T12 200m provided a similar setback, missing out on the final having finished second in his two-man heat.

Crossing the line in 24.30 seconds provided Shaw with a season’s best but the 22-year-old admitted that was a false dawn in the bigger picture of his career.

“Like I said after the 100m, it is a reflection of this season,” he said.

“I am not going to come out here and say I am in better form than that because I will be lying to you.

“Obviously, I haven’t done myself justice or personally I don’t think I have done the British badge on the chest justice. But I will be back next year and that’s a fact.

“This Championships has been a case of highs and lows. Obviously, I am buzzing for my teammates, my close friend Zak Skinner got a silver medal so I am really proud of him, but, on a personal basis, I came here wanting to win medals so I am a little bit disappointed.”

Shaw will leave Germany without any individual medals in his luggage but the Grimsby sprinter couldn’t be surprised after a tough year.

Now the challenge will come in rectifying the difficulties ahead of the next big event, with the World Championships coming up in Dubai in 2019 ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

“Being in the final would have been great, I want to be winning the medals and I’ve not been able to do that,” added Shaw, who became afflicted by stargardt disease aged nine, resulting in a visual impairment.

“My season’s worst time last year would have won 100m gold this time, that’s a bitter pill to swallow because I’m a lot better than this.

“My body is not in the shape it could be, I’ve done as well as I can here so I can take something away from this.

“Now I just have to graft for another 13 or 14 months until Dubai, I will be back next year so I just have to work toward that.”

British Athletics works alongside UK Sport and the National Lottery to support the delivery of success at the world’s most significant sporting events, principally the Olympic and Paralympic Games. They do this via the funded initiative, the World Class Programme, one part of the British Athletics pathway.