Weekly Athletic News

Ireland adds two more gold medals to their tally

The two Irish athletes, Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop, won gold at the on-going World Para Athletics Championship in London. Jason Smyth won the T13 100 m in an ardent manner with a time of 10.63 seconds. This is Smyth’s fourth world title. On the other hand, Glengormley runner Michael McKillop successfully defended his T38 800 metres. He was well ahead of his competitor and won the event in 2:00.93. This Irish duo will also be taking part in the 200 and 1500 metre events scheduled later for this week. Polish runner Mateusz Michalski came behind Jason Smyth with a time of 10.95 seconds. Australia’s Chad Perris finished third with 10.96. The world record holder, Smyth will make his presence felt in the 200 meters also. This athlete is unbeaten since in Paralympics since 2005 European Championships. McKillop was in a much better form than the heats. He will also be defending his 1500 meter title this week. Get a free bet here.

Jonnie Peacock adds another gold medal

British sprinter Jonnie peacock wins his second T44 gold in the World Paralympics Championship. With his win, Britain now has eight gold medals in their tally. The Paralympic champion finished the 100 meters race in 10.75 seconds and was followed by Germany’s Johannes Floors and USA’s Jarryd Wallace. Jonnie Peacock who is a single leg amputee has claimed his second world title with this win. Both Johannes Floors and Jarryd Wallace are former world champions and were believed to be bigger threats. This all changed when Peacock ran an impressive personal best of 10.64 in the heats. He was just shy of 0.03 seconds of the world record. He was reported saying that he got a cramp during the heats and it was a very scary moment.

Richard Whitehead hits out at international committee

Paralympic sprinter Richard Whitehead has stirred up controversy at the World Paralympic Championships in London by lashing at the International Paralympic Committee. He hit out at the committee for not allowing double amputees to compete in the T42 100 meters in Tokyo 2020. He also said that he is thinking of appealing through the British Paralympic Committee. Whitehead has been in good form this year. He won gold in the T42 200-meter event and finished third in the 100 meters. Whitehead who is a double leg amputee will only be able to compete in a single race in Tokyo.

Britain pile up more gold on day three of the World Championship

Britain bagged three gold medals on the third day of the World Para Athletics Championships in London. Sophie Kamlish, Hannah Cockroft and Olivia Breen contributed to Great Britain’s tally of gold. Hannah Cockroft already has won the T34 800 meter and the 100 meters. She will be aiming for a hat trick with the 400 meters this week.