INVICTUS CONTESTANT COMPETES AS TRIBUTE TO FRIEND LOST IN AFGHANISTAN

Former UK Army Captain Luke Sinnot has won 200m gold in the Invictus Games, vowing to give the medal to the family of his former colleague David Barnsdale.
INVICTUS CONTESTANT LUKE SINNOT COMPETES AS TRIBUTE TO FRIEND LOST IN AFGHANISTAN

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Luke was a medallist in the 2016 Invictus Games and returned this year to compete in memory of his friend, David Barnsdale, who was killed during an explosion in Afghanistan in 2010.

It was shortly after that Sinnot lost his own legs in a IED explosion whilst serving with a Bomb Disposal Squad . After watching the 2014 Invictus Games from his hospital bed, Sinnot has since gone on to become a World Para-athletics long jumper and sprinter.

After picking up the gold medal in the 200m, Sinnot said he wanted to win as a tribute to his friend and would hand the medal over to Corporal Barnsdale’s family on his return to the UK.

“I won that race for David who we lost in Afghanistan. I’m very close to his family and the medal is going to them,” he said on BBC One.

“Not a day goes by I don’t think about him. I did a quick prayer to Dave and then went for it.”

Read more about the Invictus Games and the competitors here.

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