McCracken gets silver in 100m at world championships

17th July 2017 10:53 AM
Rheed McCracken back on the track in Bundaberg after the Rio Olympics. Rheed McCracken won silver at the World Para-Athletic Championships in London. Mike Knott BUN240916ATHLETICS15

ATHLETICS: Bundaberg's Rheed McCracken has won his first world championship medal in four years after winning silver on Saturday night in the 100m in the T34 class in London.

The 20-year-old finished behind Tunisian athlete Walid Ktila who won his third straight gold medal in the event.

Ktila won with a time of 15 seconds with McCracken four-tenths behind with a time of 15.4 seconds.

The Bundaberg athlete though would be disappointed with his performance with the time well short of his world record of 14.92 seconds set last month.

McCracken started well with the fastest time in his heat of 15.6 seconds.

In the final though the start cost the wheelchair athlete dearly as Ktila got the perfect start.

The Tunisian built up a lead over the first 40 metres and was never caught while McCracken pulled away from the rest of the field to secure the silver medal.

It was McCracken's first medal since the world championships in Lyon where he also won silver in the 100m.

He now has five medals overall at the world championships.

McCracken will continue his campaign on Thursday in the 800m final before completing his championships on Friday with the 200m final.