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McKillop smashes his own record to claim 800m gold

Antrim’s Paralympic hero dominated the field and beat his own personal best time in Lyon this afternoon.

McKillop regains his breath after racing today.
McKillop regains his breath after racing today.
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MICHAEL MCKILLOP’S DOMINANCE over the 800 metre T37 field continued today as he broke his own world record to claim gold in 1:57.17 at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon.

McKillop, whose previous best on he two-lap distance was 1:57.22, showed his power from the very start moving clear of the field alongside Australia’s Brad Scott who would go on to claim silver.

By the second bend though, the Antrim native had burned off his rivals and was striding clear when he took the bell. His pace never abated on the second time round the track. And the stadium clock’s initially announcement of a new world record was even corrected downward by two hundredths of a second to confirm McKillop’s reign over the event.

South Africa’s Charl du Toit won the battle to take bronze.

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