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Second golden moment for 1500m champ Michael

Runner Michael McKillop last night confirmed himself as one of Ireland's most decorated athletes when he collected his second gold medal of the Paralympics.

The 22-year-old from Newtownabbey, near Belfast, came first in the T37 1500m, in which he is world record holder, storming ahead to finish six seconds in front of his nearest rival.

His win brought Ireland's medal tally to eight -- five gold, two silver and one bronze.

On hand to celebrate with him was his immediate and extended family.

His mother Catherine, herself a former under-17 All-Ireland 1500m champion, described her son as a "very, very determined" young man.

Mr McKillop, who has cerebral palsy, brought home gold in the 800m on Saturday night.

"Whether he is in able bodied (athletics) or the Paralympics, Michael just wants to win," she said.

In a Paralympic Games first, Michael's mum Catherine presented her son with his medal on the podium after being selected for the honour by the Irish Paralympic Committee.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night sent his best wishes to the double golden boy and congratulated all the medal winners.

Irish Independent