watched his friend, double amputee Dave Henson, win the 200-meter run at the
in Orlando on Tuesday and proclaimed, “He’s world class!”
Henson brought the crowd – and Harry – to their feet as he crossed the finishing line in 25.04 seconds, the best time in the world this year.
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Hugging him afterwards, Harry told the captain of the British team in the last Invictus Games, “You were gliding.”
Cooling down in the shade under the stands, Henson was congratulated by his wife Hayley and was able to give his own cuddle to 14-month-old daughter Emily.
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Harry told PEOPLE moments afterward, “He smashed his personal best by a second. He’s world class!”
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Henson now has his sights on qualifying for the Paralympic Games at this year’s Rio games.
the future of the Invictus Games
, on Monday organizers hinted about a move Down Under.
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That would fill the year between
next year’s installment in Toronto
and Harry’s hopes for the Games to return to the U.K in 2019.
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Speaking at a reception at the games on Monday evening, Invictus Games Foundation chairman Sir Keith Mills said, “We haven’t actually signed the contract yet, but the rumor is that in 2018 the Invictus Games might just be taking place in Australia.”
“I said to Prince Harry, ‘You realize
what you started with these Games
?’ He said, ‘I didn’t do it on my own. You helped me, thank you very much.’ “
Mills added: “Thank you to all of you here, who have helped us make this a very special occasion not just for the competitors and their families here but for the thousands probably hundreds of thousands wounded, injured and sick guys that are watching what we are doing here in Orlando.
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“This will fundamentally change their outlook on life and that was the object of these extraordinary Games.”
Also in attendance: the new ambassador for the Games, Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe.
“I think Australia is excited for it, for us we’d love to have more events in the country – I think there will probably be cities in Australia that will end up fighting over it,” said Thorpe.
“Looking at this going to Canada next I think Australia would love to support something like this, with Australia being such a sport mad country – any excuse for more sport.”
Tuesday’s second full day of the Games sees the focus shift to track and field.