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Top finish for Tushar Patel

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British wheelchair racer Tushar Patel bounced back from a bad racing crash just days earlier to secure a creditable 12th place finish in the Peachtree 10k Road Race in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 27-year-old Londoner suffered severe grazing to his shoulder, chest and face in a crash in the T54 400m prelims at the US Paralympics Track and Field National Championships, also in Atlanta, at the weekend.
But he was straight back into action at the Peachtree event, probably the most competitive of the 10k road races in the World Series - the world’s elite wheelchair racing championship series.

Tushar
, who has already achieved qualification times for September’s World Championships in the Netherlands at 1500m, 5000m and 10000m, clocked a time of 21:13.6 to finish just outside the top-10 in the Peachtree Road Race.
Tushar is supported by lottery funding through the World Class Performance programme.

Nineteen-year-old Brian Alldis, who is supported by lottery funding through the World Class Development programme, wasn’t far behind, finishing 18th in 23:11.9.
It completed a good few days of competition for the Suffolk teenager, who recorded personal bests and World Championship qualification times for the T54 200m, 400m and 800m at the US Paralympics Track and Field National Championships.

Jason Richards
and Steve Williamson, also both lottery funding through the World Class Development programme, were also in action in the Peachtree race. 
Jason was 23rd in 24:53.6,while Steve was 30th in 30:22.1. America’s Krige Schabort  won the race in 18:52.0, beating Mexico’s Saul Mendoza by just over seven seconds.

Scot Kenny Herriott took the masters title in a time of 22:27.1, while Sarah Loughran was 15th in the women’s race in 32:07.0. Fellow Briton Shelly Woods missed the race following her dramatic crash at the US Paralympics Track and Field National Championships. The women’s title went to Switzerland’s Edith Hunkeler in 23:22.8.