Killarney Paralympian Jordan Lee has promised to bounce back despite finishing a disappointing sixth in the high jump competition in the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai on Wednesday.
Jordan was competing in his first world games. He entered the competition ranked second in the world but had to overcome a heel injury in the weeks leading up to the competition.
Jordan cleared 1.83 metres in his first jump and extended that to 1.87m later in competition. However, on his third and final jump he failed to clear 1.91 metres, a bitter disappointment for the Killarney youngster who had previously cleared 1.92m at the Paris Grand Prix earlier this year.
“I’m going to bounce back from this,” he said shortly after Wednesday’s event.
“I believe that in these situations, it really shows and defines your true character, whether you can bounce back and rise above it. That’s what I’m going to do. We’re going to bounce back from this one and next year it will be a completely different story. I picked up an injury about a month ago that I kept low key. I injured my heel and it’s been affecting me since. I was jumping through that. At the end of the day, I can’t make any excuses because when you start making excuses, I feel that’s when an athlete is satisfied with where they’re at. I’ll never be satisfied with where I’m at.”