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

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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