Monday 20 February 2017

Magical McKillop on top of world after golden double

Paralympics

Published 31/10/2015 | 02:30

Ireland’s Michael McKillop begins his celebrations as he approaches the line in yesterday’s 1500m T37 final in Doha
Ireland’s Michael McKillop begins his celebrations as he approaches the line in yesterday’s 1500m T37 final in Doha

Ireland's Michael McKillop successfully defended his 1,500m title at the 2015 IPC Paralympic Athletics World Championships in Doha in superb style last night, claiming the gold medal in a time of 4:16.21.

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Remarkably, this is McKillop's seventh World Championship gold medal; his second of the week after his 800m win last Saturday. In all this brings to 12 the number of major championship medals the Antrim athlete has won.

On a hot and humid evening, the reigning Paralympic champion and world record holder at this distance showed his dominance, making his decisive break with over 500m to go to push clear of Brad Scott to finish almost five seconds ahead of the Australian on the line. Majid Djemai of Algeria took bronze in 4:29.94.

"It's been a really long hard year, so to leave the Middle East with two gold medals is just amazing," said McKillop. "It was a tough race but when you have the determination to conquer you can do anything."

Wheelchair racer John McCarthy was on the track shortly after team-mate McKillop in the semi-finals of the T51 400m.

The Cork native finished second in a time of 1:36.03 to advance as seventh fastest to the final on the concluding day of competition today.

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