Lyle’s dou­ble sil­ver in Doha

The Herald - Sport - - GYMNASTICS//F1/IPC -

MARIA Lyle made it a sil­ver dou­ble at the IPC World Cham­pi­onships in Doha last night – the Scots sprinter has now set her sights on Par­a­lympic gold.

The 15-year-old from Dun­bar low­ered her Euro­pean record to 13.92 sec­onds in the T35 100 me­tres fi­nal but, in a re­peat of the 200m fi­nal, had to play sec­ond fid­dle to Aus­tralia’s Isis Holt who broke the world mark with a run of 13.63.

It sets up an en­tic­ing ri­valry be­tween the teenagers ahead of Brazil next year and Lyle, who has cere­bral palsy, be­lieves her times will come down even fur­ther if she can im­prove her starts.

“That is some­thing I’ll have to work on with my coach,” said Lyle, who watched Holt beat her cham­pi­onship record in the semi-fi­nals. “We’ll have to fo­cus on a lot of tech­ni­cal things. I’m go­ing to have a hard win­ter train­ing ses­sion to make sure I’m in even bet­ter shape ahead of Rio.

“I’m happy with the time con­sid­er­ing I had a bad start. I tripped slightly in my first few strides. I would have liked to have won the gold medal but it wasn’t to be. I now have to fo­cus on the re­lay on Satur­day, we have a re­ally strong team and ev­ery­one is run­ning well so it should be ex­cit­ing.”

Else­where So­phie Hahn just missed out on a sec­ond ti­tle when she was beaten into sec­ond place in the T38 200m fi­nal.

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