David Devine set the ball rolling in the Athletics last night by taking bronze in the T13 1500m.

The 20 year old Liverpudlian took them on 400m out. His move to the front of the field was met by a deafening roar around the Olympic Stadium.

His lead was short-lived as David Korir of Kenya and Tunisia’s Abderrahim Zhou both went round the Briton and went on to battle it out for gold. The Tunisian took the spoils in a T12 world record 3:48.31, with Korir setting a T13 world record 3:48.84.

But Devine hung in doggedly to bring home the bronze and with it a T12 European record of 3:49.79.

Devine, who goes again in the T12 800m final tomorrow (Wednesday), said he was pleased to medal after having to rely on a fastest losers spot to progress from the heat to the final.

“I’m really happy to get a medal after what happened in the heat. I knew I could win a medal, but my confidence was a bit dented after the heat,” he said.

“I’d planned to step it up with between 250m to go and 100m to go but I just couldn’t help it when the bell went and the crowd just lifted me, I think I went too quick then, I had to slow down.

“Tonight I just got beaten by two better athletes. It was unbelievable out there. I think I had around 30 friends and family out there and I didn’t want anyone to pass me on the home straight.”