Fresh off the back of his incredible T54 400m bronze medal at the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships, Richard Chiassaro has confirmed that he will be looking to try his luck at a new distance; the marathon.
Chiassaro, 35, provided the surprise of session 11, finishing third ahead of double Paralympic champion Marcel Hug.
With a strong time of 46.56 seconds, Chiassaro finished behind Kenny van Weeghel of the Netherlands and Tunisia’s Yassine Gharbi.
After the race, Chiassaro said: “I am feeling amazing. To come out here and do it [win bronze] was incredible.
“The crowd have really got behind us here in London. When you come around the bend you can really hear them roar, it’s amazing.”
Now he has achieved a world medal, Chiassaro has set his sights on trying out some new distances, with the aim to competing in two events at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
“I am going to start doing some marathon training in the next few weeks and will probably look at doing a couple of marathons. I think that is going to be my next focus.
“The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is an aim for me.
“I am looking forward to hopefully competing there and representing England.
“I want to do the 1500m and the marathon as well.”
Team England will send a team of around 600 athletes and staff in what will be England’s largest ever team to represent the nation in an overseas sporting event.
The team will compete in 18 sports, including 38 para medal events, including 38 para medal events in what will be the largest ever para-sport programme.