IPC Athletics World Championship: Michael McKillop claims another gold medal as he defends 1500m title in Doha

Michael McKillop
Michael McKillop

Ireland’s Michael McKillop successfully defended his 1500m title at the 2015 IPC Paralympic Athletics World Championships in Doha on Friday.

McKillop delivered in superb style, claiming the gold medal in a time of 4:16.21.

Remarkably this is McKillop’s seventh world championship gold medal, and his second of the week after his 800m win last Saturday.

In all this brings to 12 the number of major championship medals he has won.

In a hot (33 degrees Celsius) and humid evening at the Qatar Sports Club, the reigning Paralympic champion and world record holder at this distance showed his dominance of the event making his decisive break with over 500m to go. After a slow start McKillop turned on the speed before they hit the bell and pushed clear of long time challenger Brad Scott to finish almost five seconds ahead of the Australian on the line. Majid Djemai of Algeria took bronze in 4:29.94.

Speaking afterwards a proud McKillop, who is coached by his dad Paddy said: “It’s been a really long hard year, so to leave the Middle East with two gold medals is just amazing. It was a tough race but when you have the determination to conquer you can do anything.”

Irish team manager James Nolan added: “I had full confidence in Michael over 1500m. Although he has had a year plagued with injury and hasn’t been able to do as much training as he would have liked, he is a thoroughbred and the perfect build for the 1500m upwards. There was no way anyone in that field was going to trouble Michael.”