IPC names Maria as ‘one to watch’ in Rio

Maria Lyle.
Maria Lyle.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have named Dunbar’s Maria Lyle among 45 track and field athletes as ‘Ones to Watch’ for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games which will be heldbetween September 7-18.

Around 4,350 athletes in total from 170 countries will compete in 528 medal events at Rio 2016.

Aged just 14-years-old, Lyle announced herself on to the world stage in 2014 with world records and European titles.

In February 2014 at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai she ran 31.01 seconds to set a new 200m T35 world record, a time she lowered further to 30.71 in May. She also ran 14.63 to take the 100m T35 world record.

Her meteoric rise to fame continued at IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea, her first major international competition, where s he won 100m and 200m gold.

Without doubt Lyle has a bright future ahead of her.

She will not have it all her own way however, with another teenager, Australia’s Isis Holt, taking both her 100m and 200m world records at the 2015 IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Brisbane.

Holt went on to beat Lyle in both the 100m and 200m T35 races at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar; the young Scot having to settle for silver in both events.

Lyle did win one gold medal, as part of the Great Britain 4x100m T35-38 relay team that stormed to gold in a stunning world record.