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Daniel Hooker reacts after finishing seventh

Daniel Hooker reacts after finishing seventh

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Daniel Hooker said he may retire after finishing seventh in the T37 100m final.

The 22-year-old Oxford University graduate was blown away by the atmosphere at Hampden Park and admitted it was probably a good way to bow out.

England’s Hooker, who has cerebral palsy, clocked 13.15secs in a race won by South Africa’s Fanie Van Der Merwe (11.65,) so missed out on breaking his personal best of 12.79.

“This might be my last race,” he said. “I can’t think of a better atmosphere to finish in.

“If that was the last race I ever run, that was all you could ever hope for other than winning.

“That would be a pretty incredible last memory of being a track runner.”

Elsewhere, Didcot rifle shooter Dan Rivers (England) missed out on a place in the 50m prone final after finishing 20th in his qualifier.

Rivers could not add to the bronze medal he won in the 10m competition, but goes again in the three position event today.

Former Oxford University student, swimmer James Jurkiewicz (Guernsey) finished sixth in his 200m backstroke heat, clocking 2mins 11.61secs.

Zoe Shipperley and her England women’s hockey teammates must avoid defeat against Scotland tomorrow to be sure of reaching the semi-finals.

The former St Edward’s School, Oxford pupil and staff member, from Marsh Gibbon, was in the England squad, who lost 3-0 to Australia.

Shipperley said: “I think today was our best performance so far.

“We created really good chances; we just have to start converting them.”

Scotland set up the eagerly-awaited qualification showdown with England after beating a Wales side featuring former Oxford Hawks and Oxfordshire player Emma Batten 2-0.

Batten said: “We are still hoping to finish fourth in the pool.”

Oxford United Wright issues warning

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

Jake Wright believes it will be key for Oxford United to avoid getting dragged into a physical contest if they are to build on a midweek win when Stevenage visit today.

Oxford duo Hylton and Howard set to receive green light

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

Top scorer Danny Hylton and Brian Howard are expected to have recovered from midweek knocks to start for Oxford United today.

RUGBY UNION: Welsh form must come first for Tongan Taione

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

TAIONE Vea says he can’t let playing in the World Cup with Tonga distract him from London Welsh’s Aviva Premiership challenge.

CRICKET: Brown set for Uganda trip

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

8:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts chairman John Brown is gearing up for a cricketing charity trip to Uganda.

CRICKET: Freeman is rewarded for courage

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

Banbury's Amy Freeman has won the CMJ Spirit of Cricket Girls’ Award.

RACING: Young charges have Hill excited about the future

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

With a fresh intake of young horses, Lawney Hill is hoping her Aston Rowant stables will continue to flourish as the jumps season prepares to move up a notch.

RACING: Eve hearing date is set

8:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

A British Horseracing Authority hearing into the positive morphine test provided by Charlie Wells, from Eve Johnson Houghton’s Blewbury stables, near Didcot, will take place on October 16.

SWIMMING: Blue Fins’ Wynne-Jones is top of UK rankings

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

LOTTIE Wynne-Jones starred as Bicester Blue Fins competed in the final gala of the Milton Keynes & District Junior League for the first time at Oxford’s Temple Cowley Pool.

ICE HOCKEY: Clarke is a doubt for Stars clash

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

CAPTAIN James Clarke is an injury doubt for Oxford City Stars’ home clash with Wightlink Raiders in South Division 1 tomorrow (6.15).

GYMNASTICS: Goodall's happy with seventh on GB debut

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

TUMBLER Ben Goodall finished a highly-respectable seventh on his debut competing for Great Britain.

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