INSTEAD of starring on the track at the London Paralympics Andrew Kaar was watching from the stands as Peyman Nasiri Bazanjani took T20 1,500m gold.
But the Solihull runner insists the Iranian will have much more of a battle on his hands at the 2013 World Championships as Kaar bids to make up for lost time in style.
Kaar, pictured, was all set for a summer to remember when he was called up to Great Britain’s Paralympic squad, only to have it cruelly taken away from him when he picked up a stress fracture in his foot just weeks before the Greatest Show on Earth.
This meant the 26-year-old was in a seat in the Olympic Stadium for the race and not on the start line.
But Kaar is back in training and with his sights set on Lyon in July for the World Championships he is hell-bent on showing Iranian Bazanjani what he is all about.
“My 2012 was frustrating because I was all set to compete at the Paralympics but then got a stress fracture and couldn’t run,” said Kaar, who benefits from being a member of the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes programme.
“It was annoying and it was hard to watch when I went to London and sat in the stands to watch the race I was meant to be running in.
“The crowd were really noisy and it was a great atmosphere and missing out on that has made me hungrier and more determined.
“I am back in training now after the injury and I am focusing on the World Championship where I want to win the gold medal.
“I think I have a good chance as I was ranked number one in the world before the Paralympics so I just have to work hard and remind everyone I am still here after missing out on the Games.”
Missing out on a home Games is undoubtedly a tough thing to take but all is not lost for Kaar with Rio a real possibility in four years time.
And the Birchfield Harrier insists he is happy to bide his time.
“It was frustrating missing out on London but I am not going to just give up and now my long term goal is Rio,” he added.
“I should have been competing this summer which would have been great but I have to move on now.
“Missing out was difficult but I just have to keep going and if I was to make it to Rio then that would be great too.”
Lloyds TSB Local Heroes, in partnership with SportsAid, provides support and funding to 346 of Britain’s most talented developing athletes on their journey to London 2012 and beyond. Since 2008, the programme has supported 1,000 athletes. Follow future stars at facebook.com/lloydstsblocalheroes.