Sunday, September 11, 2016

Fourth Paralympic title for McKillop. Walsh 8th in triathlon

Ireland's Michael McKillop was a clear winner of the T37 1500m at the Rio Paralympics today in a time of 4 mins 12.1secs

Despite recent problems with his health and a foot injury, McKillip was taking his fourth Paralympic gold for McKillop, following his  double gold at London 2012, where he won the 800m and 1500m. Four years earlier he had taken 800m gold in Beijing at the age of 18.
Michael McKillop stormed home to glory in the T37 1500m in a time of 4 mins 12.11 secs annd is already looking forward to Tokyo in four years time.

In the searing Rio sun, McKillop was pushed to his limits by Canadian Liam Stanley who shadowed him from the gun. With less than two hundred and fifty metres to go, McKillop made his break winning the race in style.

Also in action today was Dublin sprinter Orla Comerford in  the T13 100m final - her first ever Paralympic final. Comerford  finishing 8th position with a time of 12.87 seconds which was marginally slower than the 11.81 she ran in yesterday's heats. Winner was  Ukraine’s Leilia Adzhametova in a world record time of 11.79 seconds.

In the women's triathlon, Catherine Walsh with her pilot Fran Meehan finished eighth in 1hr 22 mins 25 secs.They  were lying tenth after after the swim, which took them 17 mins 23 secs.  On the cycle, they pulled up a place, where their lap times put them consistently into the top five.  They pulled up another place on the final 5km run. It was a sixth Paralympics for Walsh, now aged 42, who has picked up medals in athletics and cycling during a long and distinguished career.

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