How our 2018 Invictus Games colleagues have fared in Sydney
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As the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney reaches its climax tomorrow with the closing ceremony, we round-up how our three colleagues, Michael, Jaco and Pa, have got on in Australia.
Michael Matthews was part of the wheelchair rugby team that claimed the silver medal after a hard fought competition after just falling short in the final against Team Australia. The UK came up against the likes of New Zealand, Australia and France in the pool matches, before knocking out the Americans in the semi-finals.
In the road cycling, Michael finished fifth in the Men’s Recumbent Bike time trial in close proximity to the three Team USA medal winners.
Pa Modou Njie is a silver medal winner with the Team UK sitting volleyball team, as they came up short against Georgia in the final. The team beat Afghanistan and Jordan in the pool matches before qualifying for the gold medal match at the expense of Poland in the semi-finals.
He also competed in the indoor rowing competition where he finished 10th overall in the four minute endurance race clocking up 924 metres in the process. While in the one minute sprint he finished 14th after managing 273 metres in the time.
Jaco van Biljon had a busy week at the Invictus Games after competing in three events. In the indoor rowing Jaco managed 1190 metres in four minutes to finish 12th, while in the one minute sprint race he came sixth after clocking up 363 metres – less than 20 metres behind the gold medal winners.
In the powerlifting competition, he managed to bench press 110.00kg which helped him finish 18th overall and second in his category. Completing his week, Jaco was in action in the Sydney Olympic Aquatic centre pool as he finished 16th and 20th in the Men’s 100m and 50m Freestyle swimming competitions.