Hilary Meredith sponsored Jamie Burdekin claimed a Paralympic bronze medal in Rio yesterday after emerging victorious in the longest ever wheelchair tennis match.
Jamie partnered Andy Lapthorne to a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 win over their Israeli opponents Itai Erenlib and Shraga Weinberg in the men’s quads doubles. The match lasted a gruelling 4 hours and 25 minutes.
36-year-old Jamie, who won quad doubles bronze with Peter Norfolk in 2008, said:
“That medal is for my kids back home, everything I’ve done is for them. I almost died in the first set the conditions were burning but they kept bringing ice and water and I felt much better after we won the second.
“This medal means so much more than 2008 as I’ve struggled in this division recently and we had to work so hard for this bronze. Massive thanks for everyone’s support and those who made this dream possible. You know who you are.”
On behalf of everyone at Hilary Meredith Solicitors, well done Jamie!