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Michael McKillop back in Ireland team for World Para Athletics Championships

Michael McKillop is set to make his long-awaited return to the Irish team for the upcoming World ...



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Michael McKillop back in Ireland team for World Para Athletics Championships

Michael McKillop is set to make his long-awaited return to the Irish team for the upcoming World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai this November.

It'll be his first major international meet after a injury-hit two years following his 800-metres and 1500-metres gold medal runs at the Worlds in London in 2017.

Jason Smyth will be bidding to win an 8th World gold in the 100-metres in the T13 class.

Galway's Alex Lee becomes Ireland’s first ever ‘blade runner’ when he competes in the 100m and 200m T64 heats.

Cork's discus trio Orla Barry, Noelle Lenihan and Niamh McCarthy will all look to repeat their podium success from London while European champion Greta Streimikyte will be targetting medals in the T13 1500-metres.

James Nolan, Head of Para Athletics with Paralympics Ireland said of the team selection:

"We have a great mix of experienced and rookie athletes in the team, for 5 athletes this will be their first World championships and there are also 6 very experienced athletes that have won medals at Major championships.’

"World Para athletics is developing rapidly and standards at World level are tremendously high but this team is exceptionally talented and will make an impact in Dubai.

"We are off on camp next week to Portugal to fine tune and get some quality work done in good weather conditions prior to travelling out on 2 November."

2019 World Para Athletics Championships 2019 Team Ireland

Niamh McCarthy, F41, Discus

Noelle Lenihan, F38, Discus

Jason Smyth, T13, 100m

Greta Streimikyte, T13, 100m

Orla Barry, F57, Discus

Alex Lee, T64, 100m & 200m

David Leavy, T38, 1500m

Jordan Lee, T47, High Jump

Mary Fitzgerald, F40, Shot Put

Michael McKillop, T37, 1500m

Conor McIlveen, T38, 400m

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