Australian Tim Disken put apart his loss and concern to win a Paralympics silver medal, solely three days after the death of his mom Jenny.
The swimmer was a part of the 4x100m medley relay group that completed second in Friday evening’s final occasion of the Tokyo Games swimming program.
“We lost my mum on Tuesday night and just trying to get up to race tonight was hard in itself,” Disken advised the Seven Network.
“The support from the team has been phenomenal. I couldn’t be in a better spot for the heartbreak I’ve had over the last 72 hours.
“To be capable of pull that out and get a silver with my mates … I’m so proud.”
Disken combined with Will Martin, Tim Hodge and Ben Popham in the medley relay.
He had posted an emotional tribute to his mother on Instagram before the final, saying he did not think the year could get any worse and he hoped to do her proud in the relay.
“I sit right here misplaced, confused, distraught, in shock and simply empty. Sometimes, life simply is not honest,” he mentioned.
“I’ve misplaced my No.1 supporter, my rock and my greatest buddy. The ache is unimaginable, and shedding you is by far the toughest factor I’ve ever needed to endure.
“Truly lost, scared, and frightened without you. I’m forever grateful to have someone as special as you, as my mother.”
Disken will return to Australia on a group constitution flight early subsequent week after which could have two weeks of resort quarantine earlier than he can rejoin his household in Melbourne.
“To my family back home, I’m so sorry I can’t be there to grieve with you and comfort you, you are all in my thoughts,” he mentioned.
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