EVAN RISES ABOVE HIS RI­VALS

Athletics Weekly - - COM­MON­WEALTH GAMES -

AUS­TRALIAN Evan O’Han­lon blasted to T38 100m gold in style. The mous­ta­chioed sprinter clocked 11.08 in the cat­e­gory for cere­bral palsy to win eas­ily, de­light­ing his home crowd in the process.

The reign­ing world cham­pion and five-time Par­a­lympic cham­pion and Aus­tralian’s fastest-ever para-ath­lete with a 100m PB of 10.79, O’Han­lon cuts a dis­tinc­tive fig­ure and his fa­cial hair even has its own so­cial me­dia ac­count.

Aged 29, he is mar­ried to Czech Repub­lic race walker Zuzana Schindlerová, with whom he has a young child, and he has hinted in the count­down to the Gold Coast Games that he may now re­tire.

“I’ve never com­peted in front of a home crowd be­fore and

I’ve never done a lap of hon­our,” he said. “To get to do both at the same time is amaz­ing and to be able to go down and see my wife and seven-week-old daugh­ter is amaz­ing too.”

Mi­nor medals went to South African duo Dyan Buis and

Charl du Toit with the lat­ter set­ting a world record in the

T37 cat­e­gory with 11.35.

Popular win­ner: Aussie Evan O’Han­lon took 100m gold and can now re­tire happy

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