13 Sep 2007

Cardiff’s John McFall has today boosted his bid for a medal at next year’s Beijing Paralympics by winning 100m gold in Chinese Taipei.

The 26-year-old is one of 11 Welsh athletes competing at the IWAS World Wheelchair and Amputee Games (9-19 September 2007). He secured top honours, clocking 12.83 ahead of Germany’s Heinrich Popow who finished in 12.99. It is hoped that his Welsh team-mates may now emulate his efforts.John McFall

"It’s been a great opportunity to train and compete in a very similar climate and environment to that which I expect to experience in Beijing next year. The experience of acclimatisation to this environment has been priceless.

"I'm pleased to have maintained consistency in the times I’ve run for the 100m - it shows that I can do it out here too. I can't wait to run the 200m tomorrow."

He started competing in 2004 and already is one of the top three athletes in his class in the world over the 100m and 200m. Last month, he left his part-time job at the Federation of Disability Sport Wales to become a full-time athlete.

Coached by Darryl Maynard, he headed to Macau to attend a GB training camp prior to travelling to Chinese Taipei. It is the same venue which the GB team will use before Beijing as its holding camp.