KAMLISH KEEPS THE DREAM
LAST summer, Britain’s Sophie Kamlish ran a world record in her Paralympic T44 100m heat before being disappointed with fourth in the final. She was determined not to suffer the same fate this time around.
Clocking 12.90, the singleleg amputee did again improve her own world record in the first round but she kept her composure to run 12.92 in the final and deny the fast-finishing defending champion Marlou van Rhijn of Netherlands who clocked 13.20.
Van Rhijn, who holds the T43 world record for double below-knee amputee sprinters with 12.79 and has dominated the event, worked her way through to secure silver ahead of Nyoshia Cain of Trinidad and Tobago with 13.25. Britain’s Laura Sugar was fifth in 13.49.
“I was thinking I would be happy with a medal but I knew deep down that I would be disappointed if it wasn’t gold,” said Kamlish, who had beaten Van Rhijn for the first time in May at the Arcadis Great CityGames Manchester.
“I have been wanting this since I started competing and now I have got it.”
The day before, Isis Holt had won a youthful T35 200m. The 16-year-old Australian, who has cerebral palsy, won in a championship record 28.47 from fellow teenagers Xia Zhou (28.64) and Britain’s Maria Lyle, who was a clear third in 29.87.
“I HAVE BEEN WANTING THIS SINCE I STARTED COMPETING AND NOW I HAVE GOT IT”
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