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McKillop claims Irish gold at Paralympic Games

Updated: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2008 15:42

Michael McKillop left the field for dead at 200m
Michael McKillop left the field for dead at 200m

Irish teenager Micheal McKillop sensationally won gold in the 800m (T37 class) at the Paralympic Games in Beijing on Wednesday.

He set a new Paralympic World record time of 1:59.39, shaving a massive 2.74 seconds off the existing mark ,which he himself set at the World Championships in 2006.

The Antrim athlete, who is coached by his father Paddy, ran a stunning race to leave the field for dead at 200metres, and take the title in this his first Paralympic Games, with over two and a half seconds to spare on the line, in front of a capacity crowd in the Bird's Nest Stadium.

Medal Table

Country Total
USA 45 27 30 102
China 38 28 23 89
Great Britain 29 17 19 65
Russia 25 25 32 82
South Korea 13 8 7 28
Ireland 1 1 3 5
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