Young champions

Many of the London 2012 Paralympic stars are very young athletes


Yesterday evening, two young athletes won their second gold medal at London 2012. The first is the 22-year-old Irish Michael McKillop, who confirmed his title as the world's best Paralympic middle distance runner: two days after winning gold in the 800m T37 final, he had a repeat performance and secured himself the Paralympic title in the 1500m T37, setting the new Paralympic record with a time of 4:08.11. Second gold medal as well for the young American Raymond Martin who, at just eighteen years of age, managed to win two gold medals in two days, one in the 100m T52 and the other in the 400m T52. Yesterday, other five World records were set in the finals held at the Olympic Stadium: in the javelin F33/34/52/53, German Birgit Kober had a 27.03m throw; in the 5000m T12, Moroccan El Amin Chentouf ran in 13:53.76; in the 1500m T11, Kenyan Samwel Mushai Kimani and his guide James Boit ran in 3:58.37; in the Shot Put F42/44, Chinese Juan Yao had a 13.05m throw; in the long jump F20, Polish Karolina Kucharczyk had a 6m jump. A great deal of enthusiasm also for Britain's Mickey Bushell, who won the 100m T53 final setting a new Paralympic record with a 14”75 time.