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Aussie Athlete Becomes Instant Legend After Delivering Iconic Paralympic Interview

Max Sherry

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Aussie Athlete Becomes Instant Legend After Delivering Iconic Paralympic Interview

People are already saying it's the greatest Paralympic interview of all-time.

And to be honest, it's hard to argue with that.

Aussie shot putter Todd Hodgetts has become an overnight sensation across the globe after producing a post-event interview for the ages.

I mean, it's legendary stuff.


The Tasmanian had just been handed a rather harsh foul for what was arguably the best throw of the entire event.

The controversial call put him out of medal contention, but three-time Paralympian Hodgetts didn't seem too fazed and remained positive.

Speaking to broadcasters Channel 7 after the event, that overwhelming positivity and passion was clear for all to see.


"I'm good, night's not over at all," he said.

"I'm going to keep going. I'd die for this, I'd put my body on the line. It's not over!"

Asked what the sport of shot put means to him personally, Hodgetts replied: "Everything. It saved my life.

"And all them knockers out there that kept on knocking me. I came back and represented my country.


"This (Australia) is the best nation in the world. I love it.

"That foul was pretty big but I don't reckon it was a foul but I did the you know window (video assistant referee).

"I'm going to go to Brisbane and I'll be 44-year-of age and I'm going to die for my country like our ANZAC's did."


That was great, but it was nothing compared to what was about to happen next.

"Nothing is impossible in this world," he added.

"You got to look to the future everyone, not our past. Look in the good of the past and shout out to Scott Morrison."

Hodgetts then ripped his green and gold jersey off and flexed down the barrel of the camera.


"This is what it's all about! This is what it's all about!" he repeated before accidentally knocking the microphone to the ground an apologising.

You love to see it.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 7

Topics: Aussie, Video, tokyo paralympics, Paralympics, Interview, Australia

Max Sherry
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