JOHN MCFALL DOES THE DOUBLE IN TAIWAN

14 Sep 2007

Cardiff’s John McFall will be celebrating in Chinese Taipei having won his second gold medal in two days. The 26-year-old confirmed his standing as one of the world’s top disability sprinters today by clinching gold in the 200m.

It followed yesterday’s success over the 100m at the IWAS World Wheelchair and Amputee Games (9-19 September 2007).John McFall web insert

Jon Morgan – Director of Disability Sport Wales – explained:

"It’s encouraging to see John perform to these high standards given his difficult year with injury. He is now becoming a full time athlete in the lead-up to the Beijing Paralympics and that should put him in an even better position to challenge in 2008."

McFall is not the only Welsh athlete to excel. He is joined by ten other athletes including Bridgend’s Nathan Stephens. The 18-year-old UWIC student set a new personal best and secured his first ever senior men’s medal at a world class event by winning the bronze in the discus:

Morgan continued, "We’re all delighted to see Nathan take his first senior men’s medal at these championships. This reflects the commitment and effort that Nathan and his coaches have put in during his transition from junior to senior athlete. He can now build on this and look forward to Beijing very positively."

Newport’s Kate Arnold continued her transition from swimming to the track with sixth place finishes in both the T46 100m and 200m.

Further personal bests were delivered by Merthyr’s Adam Lewis - who threw 17.85m in the men’s ambulant discus to finish seventh - and Andrew Wilkinson from Cwmbran who also finished seventh in the shot putt with a throw of 5.55m.

Wilkinson is a relative newcomer to the Welsh squad and this is his first ever outing in a GB vest.