Michael McKillop and Jason Smyth achieve the ‘double double’ at IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon winning two golds each.
Michael eased to victory in the T38 1500m final in a championship record of 4:10.17 seconds, just three days after he took the 1500m gold in a world record time of 3:59.54.
Jason matched his fellow countryman’s two golds after putting in superb performances and winning the T13 200m in 21.05 and 100m in 10.61 seconds.
Michael was elated: “I’m very happy because I set out to win the double.”
He is now looking ahead to the IPC European Championships in Swansea next year and the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“It has been a good year for me and I can now refresh myself and come back for the Europeans in Swansea in 2014 and then the big one in Rio,” he said.
Michael’s Irish-teammate Jason commented: “Coming to major championships it is all about winning. The times are irrelevant. I am delighted. I have put a lot of hard work to get here. If you look back at the race there are always things you can improve but crossing the line first is all important.”
Jason said his big target was Rio 2016 and qualifying for the Olympics as well as the Paralympics.