AN AM­BI­TION TO BEAT BOLT

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KIWI PARA-SPRINTER SETS SIGHTS ON RUN­NING FASTER THAN 9.58 FOR 100m

PAR­A­LYMPIC sprinter Liam Malone missed the World Para Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships due to in­jury, but the New Zealand blade run­ner says he wants to run faster than Usain Bolt.

The 23-year-old was born with fibu­lar hemimelia and had both legs amputated be­low the knee when he was 18 months old. He got his first pros­thetic rac­ing blades through a crowd­fund­ing project and went on to be one of the stars of the 2016 Par­a­lympics thanks to his golds in the 200m and 400m and en­ter­tain­ing post-race in­ter­views on Chan­nel 4.

He re­turned to Lon­don this month to be part of the Chan­nel 4 pun­ditry team for the World Cham­pi­onships and said he wants to be­come the fastest man in his­tory – quicker than Bolt – and he be­lieves the tech­nol­ogy that para-ath­letes use can help him do this.

“In the next three years I’ll run faster than Usain Bolt over 100m,” he said. “It won’t be done in the Par­a­lympics. I’ve no in­ten­tion of ever rac­ing Bolt or able-bod­ied peo­ple. It’s about rac­ing against their time out­side of the rules and reg­u­la­tions that limit tech­nol­ogy.”

He added: “If you were me and you were bul­lied as a kid and you had this op­por­tu­nity to use tech­nol­ogy to do some­thing that hasn’t been done be­fore, you’d ab­so­lutely want to do it and that’s what I’m do­ing.”

Malone ran 11.02 be­hind Jon­nie Pea­cock in the Rio Par­a­lympics 100m fi­nal last year but be­lieves the tech­nol­ogy in para-sport is evolv­ing at such a pace that ath­letes wear­ing blades will soon be able to out­pace their able-bod­ied coun­ter­parts.

Liam Malone (left): be­lieves he can

make his­tory

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