INSPIRATIONAL Dudley athlete Karl Hinett secured silver medal success at the Invictus Games.

He returned to the Black Country with a medal after a second-placed finish in the men's 1500m race.

Hinett served in the British Army until he was medically discharged in 2008 after he suffered serious burns when his tank was set on fire in Basra, Iraq.

He underwent 50 gruelling operations in five years in a Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital before running also formed part of his rehabilitation.

Running plays a large part of the 31-year-old’s life and he was delighted with his medal feat Down Under.

He said: "I'm very happy to have won silver in the men’s 1500m. Amazing to have run with some incredible athletes on the same track that Olympians have competed on. But this was always about and for my family. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here."