It did not go as planned for Paralympian Michael Roeger, but the Fleurieu and Australia are proud of the inspirational athlete after finishing sixth in the T46 (arm amputee) Marathon.
The marathon at the Tokyo Paralympic Games was held on Sunday, September 5.
The 33-year-old from Langhorne Creek finished the T46 marathon in 2:34:45.
Chaoyan Li of China took gold in 2:25:50, with Brazil's Alex Douglas Pires da Silva 1:10 behind in second place and Japan's Tsutomu Nagata taking bronze a further 2:43 adrift.
Roeger was 8 minutes 55 seconds behind the winner and well short of his world record time he set in April, 2021 in Sydney of 2 hours 18 minutes 53 seconds.
He admitted post-race that he went into the Paralympics with an ill-timed leg injury: a stress fracture, sustained five weeks ago, which significantly hampered his preparations.
"It was very tough out there. Body just didn't want to come with me and the lack of runs found me out. The body is pretty banged up and I am just hobbling around," Roeger said exclusively to The Times.
He is currently in quarantine in Sydney.
The Tokyo Paralympic Games ran from from August 24, to September 5, so it was an agonising and anxious wait for the community and Michael himself.
He competed at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Paralympics in athletics in middle distance running events.
He has won one gold and three bronze medals at the IPC Athletics World Championships and a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics - but no Paralympic gold, and that drove the Langhorne Creek son, as he prepared to compete at his fourth Paralympic Games.