Croydon sprinter wins silver and sets European record in Dubai World Para Athletics

Athlete Thomas Young Pic: British Athletic

A Croydon-born athlete broke the European record at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai last night, winning a silver medal.

Thomas Young, 19, stopped the clock at exactly 11 seconds at the Men’s 100m T38, despite China’s Zhu Dening clinching gold in a photo finish.

“It’s a European record again and a personal best again and you can’t do much more than that really other than win gold – I’m slightly disappointed but I know that I have lots to work on” Young told BBC Sport.

The dash ended in a photo finish that left spectators holding their breath while they waited for the result to be announced. Young was beaten by only a thousandth of a second.

Unfortunately, Young did not manage to add a gold to Britain’s tally this year, after getting a double gold at the European Championships in the 100m and 200m last year.

“I thought to myself on the line: ‘I’ve wanted to be an athlete all my life, I’m here now, so let’s have the race of my life’. It didn’t come off today but I’m really happy”, said Young.

Young’s team-mate, Kadeena Cox was edged out in photo finish too, in the women’s 400m T38, losing to Russia’s Margarita Goncharova.

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