'Blade runner' Lee finishes fifth on his major debut
Alex Lee has finished fifth in this heat in the T64 200m at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai. The Galway sprinter, who officially became Ireland's first 'blade runner', ran a time of 25.22 seconds which was just three-tenths of a second off his best time.
Lee, who only began his para athletics career 18 months ago, was competing in his first major championships. The former League of Ireland footballer was able to draw on his previous sporting background to improve quickly and that big-match temperament helped him to overcome his nerves as he took to the blocks.
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Lee remained in contention throughout to finish sixth which was improved to fifth when Vinay Lal of India was disqualified after the event.
The American duo of Kevan Hueftle and David Prince made it a one-two as Hueftle recorded a time of 22.92.
"I am new to the sport so every time I step out, whether it's training, gym, track, I try and learn something and bring it forward into the next session or next race," said Lee, who won't have long to wait to put his learnings into action as he returns to competition tomorrow in the 100m heats.
European champion Orla Barry will be the next Irish competitor in action at 2.43pm Irish time in the discus, an event in which she is ranked fourth.