Smyth and McKillop Set New Records in Dubai

19 November 2019

Smyth and McKillop Set New Records in Dubai

Paralympian, Jason Smyth, won his 20th gold medal at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai in an outstanding 14-year career.

The Derry Track Club athlete beat his competition in the T13 100m on Wednesday 13th November to a new Championship Record of 10.54s and the Gold medal. This was only hours after his stellar performance in the heats where he easily won in a time of 10.84s.

He was joined in the Paralympics Ireland team by his club mate, Conor McIlveen, who made his debut at the World Championships on Thursday 7th November. He competed in the T38 400m, finishing in a time of 58.86 to take 7th place in the heats.


In the joint category 1500m event, Paralympian Michael McKillop (T37) and upcoming talent, David Leavy (T38) both competed on the final day of the Championships, Friday 15th November. This would be Michael’s 6th World Championship, having won 5 gold medals in the 1500m and 1 gold in the 800m at the past Championships.

Michael came 4th overall in a new Championship Record time for his category of 4:09.07, while David finished in 9th place with a new PB of 4:23.86.

Full results can be found here:


Elsewhere this weekend….

Northern Ireland’s Masters Athletes competed at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International on Saturday 16th November 2019, with an abundance of medals across all age groups.

Mark McKinstry claimed 1st place overall and in the M35 category in a time of 24:51.

In the Men’s events there were a number of medals across the various age categories including: Eamon White came 2nd in the M50 in 26:26, with Steve Cairns in 3rd place in 27:08; In the M60 David Clarke took 3rd place in 28:33 while in the M70+ Terry Eakin claimed 1st place in 25:05.

In the W75 age group, Brigid Quinn claimed 1st place in a time of 33:50.

Full results can be found here: