Rae's medal hopes dashed in Rio heat

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Kirkcaldy marathon runner Derek Rae saw his Paralympic medal hopes dashed in the Rio heat yesterday.

Rae was the only Scot in action on the final day of the Games but was forced to withdraw from the Men’s T46 marathon around the 30km mark.

The Fifer had moved up to fourth place in tough conditions at that stage of the race, but due to the extreme Brazil heat, was unable to continue.

The race was won by China’s Li Chaoyan in 2:33:35.

The outcome was a tough blow for Rae after such strong performances over the past couple of years to reach this global level.

Scottish athletes and players on the Paralympics GB team return home with five gold, eight silver and four bronze medals - the highest medal tally for Scots at a Paralympic Games since Sydney 2000.