Monday, June 29, 2009

Bushell claims 100m world record

Paralympic silver medallist Mickey Bushell has set a 100m wheelchair world record in Ibach, Switzerland.

The 19-year-old from Telford, who races in the T53 class after being born without seven vertebrae in his back, clocked 14.69 seconds.

In doing so, Bushell dipped below the previous mark by three one-hundredths of a second.

Bushell finished runner-up to gold medallist Josh George from the United States in Beijing last summer.

He continued a successful evening by triumphing in the T53 200m in 27.58.

Also at the meeting, Paralympic gold medallist Dave Weir recorded a double success with wins in the T54 800 and 1500m, beating home favourite Marcel Hug in both races but Hug gained revenge by taking the 5000m.

There was also a win for Shelly Woods in the T54 5000m.

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