Maria Lyle is the third British female athlete to nail the ‘double’ at the World Para Athletics in Dubai as she raced over the finish line in the T35 200m with a time of 30.33 seconds.
The young Scot is only 19 years old but has an impressive medal haul already. Her previous appearances at the World Para Athletics Championships had seen her settle for silver and bronze medals at the last two events, so these gold medals will feel particularly special.
She told the British Paralympic Association (BPA):
“It shows how far I have come from last year. I now enjoy life and enjoy training and racing, so from that perspective it’s a really good achievement for me.
“The main focus for 2019 was to get to the World Championships – not about medals – so the two golds are the icing on the cake,” she said.
“I’m so pleased to win my second gold and put together a good performance.
“I find the 200m a lot harder with my CP, but I got out well and just tried to stay relaxed. I got to the line well and ran a good time.”
Throwing for gold
Elsewhere in the stadium we saw 22-year-old Sabrina Fortune throw an impressively huge throw to seal her title as World Champion and break a championship record at the same time. Sabrina is the current European Champion and a Paralympic bronze medallist from Rio 2016, so this climb in the ranks bodes well for Tokyo 2020.
She told the BPA:
“I’m over the moon – I’ll remember this day for the rest of my life. There are no words to describe how amazing that moment was.
“I burst into tears straight after that final throw. And because I was last, it meant nobody could take it [the gold] off me.”
Richard Whitehead ran a season’s best to take silver in the T61 200m just behind South Afrca’s Ntando Mahlangu.
This means on the last day of the World Para Athletics Championships that Great Britain have moved into 3rd place.
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