Ballykelly teen qualifies in record breaking race

Ballykelly sprinter has her sights set on a medal at the London 2012 Paralympics. 1008SJ80
Ballykelly sprinter has her sights set on a medal at the London 2012 Paralympics. 1008SJ80

After her disappointment of narrowly missing out on a place in last Friday’s 200m final, Ballykelly’s Paralympic sprinter, Sally Brown, has kept her medal hopes alive after qualifying for a place in the women’s t46 100m final tonight.

The 17 year-old Co Derry sensation qualified 7th fastest after clocking a time of 13.67 seconds in her 1st round heat, which also saw Cuba’s Yundis Castillo follow up her world record setting performance in Saturday’s 200m final by setting another new world record of 11.95 seconds in the women’s t46 100m.

Brown had high hopes for the 200m event after collecting bronze at last year’s IPC Athletics World Championships, however missed out on the final by 0.3 seconds after finishing 9th fastest in the two heats. Despite her failure to qualify, Brown did manage to match her season best time of 27.78 seconds.

Her father Robert said his daughter was “very disappointed” to miss out on the 200m however remained hopeful in the 100m, despite the fact she was competing in an extremely fast field.

“Going into the 200m heat she was suffering from a bladder infection which wasn’t diagnosed and left her very dehydrated, she has been receiving treatment for this over the last 48 hours and was feeling a lot sharper with the colour coming back into her cheeks.

“The 200m has always been her stronger event so she’s obviously very disappointed to miss out. She is up against a very fast field in the 100m and our aim was for a place in the final and to run a personal best. If she can do this tonight we will come away very happy.”

Kenny Bacon of Springwell Running Club, where Brown has trained from the age of nine said: “Sally ran a season best in the 200m which we are delighted with, especially when you consider the fact that she was out of action until March with a stress fracture and she now has an opportunity in the 100m final tonight.

“Her participation in the Games is great for Springwell Running Club as it will help further boost the club’s reputation and encourage more people to get involved in the club. By coming back with stories of the Games it will help motivate everyone within the club.”

Sally will run at 21:17 tonight.