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Rio Paralympics: Northern Ireland's Michael McKillop wins fourth gold medal

Published 11/09/2016

Michael McKillop of Ireland celebrates after winning the Men's 1500m T37 Final at the Olympic Stadium during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Michael McKillop of Ireland celebrates after winning the Men's 1500m T37 Final at the Olympic Stadium during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Michael McKillop of Ireland celebrates with his gold medal after winning the Men's 1500m T37 Final at the Olympic Stadium during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Michael McKillop of Ireland celebrates after winning a gold medal in the Men's 1500m T37 Final at the Olympic Stadium during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
11 September 2016; Michael McKillop of Ireland celebrates after winning the Men's 1500m T37 Final at the Olympic Stadium during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
11 September 2016; Michael McKillop of Ireland celebrates as he wins the Men's 1500m T37 Final at the Olympic Stadium during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
11 September 2016; Michael McKillop of Ireland celebrates after winning the Men's 1500m T37 Final at the Olympic Stadium during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
11 September 2016; Michael McKillop of Ireland in action during the Men's 1500m T37 Final at the Olympic Stadium during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Michael McKillop of Ireland on his way to winning the Men's 1500m T37 Final at the Olympic Stadium during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Michael McKillop of Ireland celebrates after winning the Men's 1500m T37 Final at the Olympic Stadium during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

Northern Ireland Paralympic hero Michael McKillop won his fourth gold medal on Sunday at the Rio games.

The 26-year-old from Belfast, who has a form of cerebral palsy, was the hot favourite to win the 1,500m final in the T37 category.


The athlete completed the race in a time of 4:12:11 to successfully defend his title.

He held off a fight from Canada's Liam Stanley to power through to take the gold.

Algeria's Madjid Djemai took bronze.

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McKillop won his first Paralympic gold in the 800m at the Beijing Games before retaining the title at London 2012 and adding 1,500m glory for good measure.

McKillop is also a multiple world champion and has enjoyed many wonderful triumphs in a stunning career.

He has become the third Northern Ireland athlete to take a gold medal at the Rio Olympics.

Northern Ireland's Bethany Firth secured gold in the S14 100m backstroke while Jason Smyth retained his T13 100m title.

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