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McKillop admits it was a grind to win 800m gold

Reigning double Paralympic and world champion Michael McKillop has added another European title to his name following a commanding performance to win the final of the T38 800m at the Paralympic Athletics European Championships in Swansea, in a time of 1:57.16.

Starting in lane seven, the Antrim man, who is coached by his father, Paddy, led from the gun but with the Russian Kobesov right on his heels.


After only 200m the pair drew a clear on the field and it was evident the 24-year-old Irish athlete was not going to have it all his own way.

With Kobesov still tracking McKillop going through the bell in the Irishman made a decisive push with 350m to go to which Kobesov was not able to respond.

World record holder McKillop 
began to pull away and pushed hard to cross the line in 1:58.16, almost eight seconds ahead of the Russian, to a rousing reception from the Welsh crowd.

Ukraine's Valentyn Miedviediev took bronze in 2:16.57.

Speaking after the win, an overjoyed McKillop said: "I won't lie, that was tough, but I'm delighted to win the medal.

"The Russian is a really strong 400m runner, and I knew he'd run 51 seconds over that distance so it was really important for me to take it out hard or he would have outkicked me and that's what I did.

"I pushed on for 200m after the bell and then just got through it from there."

Following his superb showing in the T51 400m final on Tuesday, wheelchair racer John McCarthy finished fifth in the final of the T51 100m in a time of 26.25seconds.


McCarthy was hoping to post a good time in but just as the racers lined up at the start the wind picked up greatly to measure-0.4m/s making fast times impossible.

Dubliner Andrew Flynn made his major championship bow, running a personal best 16:47.69 in the T13 5,000 metres. However, it was not enough to trouble Spain's Alberto Suarez Laso who led from the start and won with a time of 14:56.03.