Michael McKillop (St Malachy’s AC) struck gold in the T37 1500m at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. McKillop obliterated the opposition to take victory in a time of 4.08.11, which was a new Paralympic record.
Australian athlete Brad Scott took out the early pace, with McKillop happy to sit in the pack. However the St Malachy’s AC athlete soon became complacent and moved to the front of the field, a move that none of the other athletes could respond to. McKillop was rewarded for his efforts as he acknowledged the applause of the crowd coming into the home straight.
The victory comes only two days after he won the T37 800m, in a new Paralympic world record of 1.57.22
Irish teammate Jason Smyth will aim to match the exploits of McKillop. Smyth begins his campaign in the T13 200m on Wednesday 6th of September, having already capturing gold in the 100m.