Michael McKillop is one of Ireland’s most successful Paralympic athletes. He is the reigning 800m Paralympic champion and double world champion and world record holder over 800m and 1,500m.

McKillop also competes in able-bodied athletics and has represented Ireland in cross country at under-19 level. He is coached by his father Paddy, and will be targeting double Paralympic gold in London.

He also has the tremendous achievement of being the first male athlete to break a world record in the Olympic Stadium in London in May. He ran 3:59.54 minutes in the 1,500m at the Visa London Disability Athletics Challenge, smashing his previous best of 4:14.81.

Age: 22

Hometown: Newtownabbey, Antrim

Disability: cerebral palsy

Sports classification: T37