AN AMBITION TO BEAT BOLT
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