Dunbar’s teen sprint sensation Maria Lyle has secured the eighth medal for Scots on ParalympicsGB by winning bronze in the 100m T35 final in a time of 14.41.
Sixteen year old Maria is one of the most exciting prospects in para-athletics having won double gold on her British international debut at the IPC Athletics European Championships at the age of 14, and breaking the world record at both 100m and 200m in last year’s world championships.
sportscotland performance Chief, Mike Whittingham, hailed the Dunbar star’s achievement: “At the start of these Games we said that one of the most exciting prospects was to see which new athletes would rise to the occasion and fulfil their potential. There is no doubt that Maria is exactly that type of athlete.
“Having won triple gold at the IPC European Championships earlier this year, Maria came to Rio in fantastic form and that form has translated to 100m bronze in a world-class field with the 200m and 4x100m relay still to come. Maria was not intimidated by the opposition or the occasion. Her preparations up to the Games have been meticulous and that gave her the confidence to run her own race and deliver the results we knew she was capable of. That she was disappointed with her time despite winning bronze at her first Paralympics speaks volumes about Maria’s commitment and ambition.
“In 2012, at the age of 12, she was inspired by the Paralympics in London to see what she could achieve in her sport. Now, a mere four years later, Maria is undoubtedly providing the inspiration for a whole new generation of para-athletes.”