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McKillop takes Paralympic gold for Ireland

Michael McKillop of Ireland celebrates after winning the Men's 1500m T37 Final at the Olympic Stadium
Michael McKillop of Ireland celebrates after winning the Men's 1500m T37 Final at the Olympic Stadium

Ireland's Michael McKillop has won Paralympic gold with victory in the T37 1500m final in Rio.

It is the fourth Paralympic gold medal that McKillop has won in an illustrious career.

The Glengormley man hit the front with 600m to go with Canada's Liam Stanley the only competitor able to stay with the Irishman.

McKillop found another gear and pulled away from the Canadian in the final 200m to cruise to victory in a time of 4:12.12, an excellent time in hot conditions.

McKillop, who has a form of cerebral palsy, claimed Ireland's third medal of the Paralympic Games after Jason Smyth won gold in the T13 100m final on Friday and Galway track cyclist Eoghan Clifford took bronze in the C3 Individual Pursuit.

Meanwhile, Ireland's Orla Comerford finished in eighth position in the T13 100m final.

The 18-year-old ran a personal best to qualify for the final but was no match for her more experienced rivals. At such a young age, she could be a medal contender in four years' time.

Elsewhere at the Paralympics today, Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal finished fifth in the Individual B Pursuit qualifiers at the Velodrome and just missed out on a place in the medal race.

In the pool, Ellen Keane finished in 11th position overall in the heats of the SM9 200m Individual Medley Heats and failed to make the final.

Ailbhe Kelly finished eighth in her heat of the S8 100m freestyle heat in a time of 1:20.65 and failed to advance.

Back at the velodrome, Damien Vereker and Sean Hahessy finished eighth in the Individual Time Trial, which was won by Tristan Bangma of the Netherlands in a new Paralympic record of 59.822 seconds