EVAN RISES ABOVE HIS RIVALS
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