McKillop and Smyth help take Ireland to 28th in Paralympic Medal Table
19 September 2016
Following last night’s Closing Ceremony, the final medal table showed Ireland in 28th place which is inside of the Paralympics Ireland top 30 goal for the Games.
50% of the gold medals that put the team in that position came from Northern Irish Athletes Jason Smyth (Clarence Callendar) and Michael McKillop (Paddy McKillop) who won their 5th and 4th Paralympic Gold Medals respectively.
Smyth took his third T13 100m gold in a row in day 2 of the games in a time of 10.64 having easily qualified in his heat the previous day with 10.76. The silver medal went to Namibia’s Johannes Nambala who was over a metre behind, breaking the African record in 10.78. Following the race Smyth, who was publicly congratulated by Irish President Michael D Higgens, tweeted “Thanks everyone for your support. Another wonderful day I won't forget!”
McKillop had to wait until day 4 to attempt to retain his T37 1500m title and he delivered in similar style to Smyth. Taking the lead at the halfway point, McKillop was too strong for the opposition and finished over 4 seconds ahead of Liam Stanley who won silver for Canada with a North American record, 4.12.11 to 4.16.72. Within days of receiving his medal, McKillop quickly revealed his intentions regarding his future tweeting “Title won, but the hard work continues in the Sun as @Tokyo2020 is just around the Corner”