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McFall celebrates golden 100m win.

Byline: By Bob Cypher South Wales Echo

CARDIFFS John McFall has boosted his bid for a medal at next years Beijing Paralympics by winning 100m gold in Taiwan. The 26-year-old is one of 11 Welsh athletes competing at the IWAS World Wheelchair and Amputee Games (9-19 September 2007). He secured top honours, clocking 12.83 ahead of Germanys Heinrich Popow who finished in 12.99. It is hoped that his Welsh team-mates may now emulate his efforts. Its been a great opportunity to train and compete in a very similar climate and environment to that which I expect to experience in Beijing next year, said McFall. The experience of acclimatisation to this environment has been priceless. Im pleased to have maintained consistency in the times Ive run for the 100m it shows that I can do it out here too.I cant wait to run the 200m tomorrow. He started competing in 2004 and already is one of the top three athletes in his class in the world over the 100m and 200m. Last month, he left his part-time job at Disability Sport Wales to become a full-time athlete. Coached by Darryl Maynard at Uwic, McFall headed to Macau to attend a GB training camp prior to travelling to Taiwan. It is the same venue which the GB team used ahead of last months world championships and the venue the British Olympic athletes will use next year as its holding camp for the Beijing showpiece. Other Welsh in Taiwan are:@ Abergavenny Josie Pearson; Bridgend Aled Sion Davies, Nathan Stephens; Cardiff Brian Alldis, Julie Hamzah; Cwmbran Andrew Wilkinson; Llanelli Richard Powell; Merthyr Tydfil Adam Lewis; Newport Kate Arnold; Swansea Josh Morgan.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 15, 2007
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