Paralympics: Star Wars bounty hunter's son brings in bronze
LONDON - Agence France-Presse
Britain's Paul Blake celebrates after finishing third in the men's 800 - T36 final in the Olympic Stadium at the London 2012 Paralympic Games September 6, 2012. REUTERS PhotoThe son of the actor who played Jabba the Hutt's bounty hunter Greedo in the science-fiction film "Star Wars" pulled in an important bounty himself yesterday, winning a bronze medal at the Paralympics.
Great Britain's Paul Blake, whose father of the same name played Greedo in the original "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" movie, came third in the T36 men's 800m final at the Olympic Stadium, a category for athletes with cerebral palsy.
It was Blake's second medal of the Games, the 22-year-old having won silver in the T36 400m on Tuesday.
Blake was beaten to both titles by Russia's Evgenii Shvetcov.
"The race went exactly to plan, but I was a bit tired after the 400m on Tuesday. I kicked early and he just caught up with me with 200m to go," Blake said.
"I'm really happy with a silver and a bronze. I'm just trying to get better and better and I've got plenty of time to improve." In the classic 1977 film, Greedo tracked down smuggler Han Solo to the Mos Eisley cantina, seeking to take him to gangster Jabba.
The encounter ended with an exchange of shots in which Solo killed the bounty hunter, flipping the bartender some money as he left, saying: "Sorry about the mess."