Campbellton's Shayne Dobson finishes 5th at Rio 2016 Paralympics

Shayne Dobson of Campbellton, N.B. made his Olympic debut on Sunday and placed fifth in the 1500-metre race.

Dobson went into the race ranked fifth in the world and that's where he placed

Shayne Dobson of Campbellton, N.B., finished fifth in the 1500-metre race at the Rio 2016 Paralympics on Sunday. It was the runner's first Paralympic race and he finished right where he was ranked. 

Dobson went into the race ranked fifth in the world, with a seed time of 4:21.10. His time of 4:21.06 on Saturday was not only a personal best, but also a New Brunswick record. 

I did the best I could and am satisfied with the results.- Shayne Dobson

"If you can bring your best game to a major event, that's always good," he said in a telephone interview.

"I feel like I lost focus a bit in the middle part of the race and that let the medal chances slip a bit, but I did the best I could and am satisfied with the results."

Made province proud

Gabriel LeBlanc, technical director for Athletics New Brunswick, said the province is "very proud of him."

"His best race ever, having it on the biggest stage, is not an easy task," said LeBlanc, who was in Rio to watch the race live.

"He gave everything on the track. He laid down right after the finish line."

Dobson made sure to thank his coaches, the Paralympic organization and his friends and family.

"Without them it wouldn't be possible to be here," he said.

Michael McKillop of Ireland finished with the gold medal and Dobson's Canadian teammate Liam Stanley finished with a silver medal. 

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Philip Drost

Philip Drost is a reporter with CBC New Brunswick.