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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.”

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Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 20th December 2014

Andy Whing says Oxford United should expect to beat Hartlepool United this afternoon despite the Football League’s bottom club appointing a new manager this week.

Oxford United boss Michael Appleton is weighing up his striking options

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 20th December 2014

Michael Appleton’s main selection decision for Oxford United today is picking who leads the line against Hartlepool.

RUGBY: Nathan Morris hoping to get chance to pit his wits against the best

Oxford Mail:

8:10am Saturday 20th December 2014

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TABLE TENNIS: In-form duo maintain relentless title battle

Oxford Mail:

8:10am Saturday 20th December 2014

Forum A and Holton A kept up their battle for the Division 1 crown, as they both hit an incredible 32 points apiece in the latest round of matches.

CRICKET: Imran Hussain shines for Ruscote

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

8:00am Saturday 20th December 2014

Imran Hussain helped Ruscote to a four-run win against Chipping Norton in Division 2 of the Banbury Indoor League.

BOXING: Ashley Banks cashes in to capture national title

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 20th December 2014

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ICE HOCKEY: Popular veteran Andy Cox back on board to boost Oxford City Stars

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 20th December 2014

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AQUATHLON: Award-winning Janette Cardy given sponsorship lift

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 20th December 2014

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ANGLING: Paul Brant quick out of the blocks to land shield

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8:00am Saturday 20th December 2014

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RUGBY: Justin Burnell delighted at selection dilemma

Oxford Mail:

7:10am Saturday 20th December 2014

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