| 5.9°C Belfast

Paralympics: Dunkerley sprinting against time

The Northern Ireland-born athlete running for Canada has landed a bronze medal.

Jason Dunkerley, who lived in the West Winds estate until he was a teenager before his family emigrated, finished third in the T11 1,500m final in the Olympic Stadium.

Jason, blind since birth, believes he is getting better as he's getting older, just like a good wine.

The only problem is the paralympic field he's running against is getting younger and faster!

Dunkerley needed a personal best time of four minutes, 7.56 seconds to just hold on for a bronze.

The 35-year-old, now living in Ottawa, also earned bronze in Beijing in 2008 after taking silver medals in both 2000 and 2004.

Dunkerley has been running with his new guide Josh Karanja for just one year.

“I was tying up in the last 100, so Josh was yelling and I was just giving it everything I could,” he said.

Belfast Telegraph