LONDON, England — Four months from her 50th birthday and fresh off her seventh Paralympic Games, six-time medallist Sylvia Grant is not even thinking about ending her sporting career. She is even thinking of conquering new events in time for Rio 2016.
Despite failing to add to her impressive haul of nine medals at the global level, six in the Paralympics and three in the disabled World Championships, Grant says she is not even thinking about quitting.
Minutes after placing eighth in the women's javelin throw F57/58, Grant at the 14th London Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on Thursday night, said she was having thoughts of taking up wheelchair tennis or powerlifting in time for the next Games, which would be her eightt and would make her 53 years old.
"I have no problem with age," the grandmother of one told the Jamaica Observer. "I have played tennis in the past, not competitively, so I can learn it and given I am not so big, I would be placed in the lower categorisation for the powe lifting," Grant said.
Despite admitting she had not put in the requisite background work coming into the Paralympic Games, revealing that she had only trained for two months. Grant made the final of the javelin on Thursday with the eighth best throw from the first round, a season's best 18.71m for 761 points just edging China's Li Ling who threw 18.63m for 757 points.
In the final she improved gradually to 19.06m, but failed to improve on her final position, but was "relieved" to have made the final. "It's been a long time I haven't been in a final," she said after failing to get into the top-eight in her two events in Beijing four years ago.
As for the verdict as it relates to her future in disabled sports, the jury was still out. "I am not even sure this is my last one yet as I am thinking I may change sports and try something different," she said.
Competing in the afternoon session on Thursday when the temperatures dropped as low as 16 degrees Celsius, she said it was difficult as the cold served to make a shoulder ache a bit harder to deal with.
Grant, who started her Paralympic career in Seoul, South Korea in 1988 where she won three silver medals in the discus throw, javelin and pentathlon, added two bronze in Barcelona, Spain in 1992 and a javelin bronze in Atlanta, USA in 1996.
In World Championships she won two medals in Nagano, Japan in 1998 — a silver in the javelin and bronze in discus and a javelin bronze four years later in 2006 in Torino, Italy.