AUSTRALIAN Paralympic champion Evan O’Hanlon has won gold in the men’s T38 100m final at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
The 29-year-old five-time Paralympic champion ran within 0.02 of his lifetime best, winning the T38 100m in 11.09 seconds at Carrara Stadium on Monday night.
South Africa’s Dyan Buis ran the race in 11.33 seconds to take silver while Charl Du Toit, also from South Africa, claimed bronze with a time of 11.35.
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“I would’ve liked to have run have faster but I nearly didn’t make the 100m, I nearly won the 90m, so thankfully I made it to the line,” O’Hanlon said.
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Speaking about his victory on home soil compared to his success overseas, O’Hanlon said it was an “amazing feeling”.
“…it’s a bit different, I’m in an able-bodied team which is great,” he said.
“I’m a Paralympian getting to represent alongside able-bodied athletes, and our medal count is exactly the same as theirs, so we get to go on the medal tally, exactly the same, that’s a really amazing feeling.
“To be able to be here in front of my home crowd and do a lap of honour, I’ve never done a lap of honour before so it was pretty special.”
O’Hanlon’s said his win was amplified with his wife and new baby by his side.
“Pretty amazing that I get to go down and hug Ursula and my wife after the race because I haven’t seen my baby for a quarter of her life as I’ve been away in camp.”