KAM­LISH KEEPS THE DREAM

Athletics Weekly - - Action -

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”

SO­PHIE KAM­LISH

So­phie Kam­lish:

world record fol­lowed by gold

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