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Grace Cullen 06 December 2012
Bayley’s triumphant leap
With his lion’s roar of a celebration Will Bayley became one of the most recognisable faces of the London Paralympics.
The 24-year-old table tennis player was ranked world number two before the Games and was desperate to succeed on the biggest stage of all.
Having reached the semi-final, Bayley faced Ukraine's Maxym Nikolenko and was hungry for the victory. After establishing a 2-0 lead, Bayley missed a match point opportunity and lost the third set, but he was not to be deterred.
Powering on through the fourth set to a backdrop of raucous cheering from the crowd, Bayley established a strong lead.
On delivering the match winning shot and securing his place in the final, he did something that many people will remember as one of the enduring images of the Games.
Sprinting from the court and knocking down a barrier in his haste, a delighted Bayley leapt into his coach Gorazd Vecko’s arms, embracing the man who had helped him get here, before throwing his head back and raising his arms to the sky.
In this one gesture he showed the world what this competition meant to him; everything.
Bayley ultimately had to settle for the silver medal, despite a courageous battle against the defending Paralympic champion.