Kinghorn on top of the World with Doha bronze

Scotland's Samantha Kinghorn
Scotland's Samantha Kinghorn

Gordon Wheelchair racer Sammi Kinghorn will return from the IPC Worlds Athletics Championships in Doha with a bronze medal and a wealth of experience.

The 19-year-old Borderer kicked off a Scottish medal rush last Thursday night when she took third place in the T53 final at 200m, as the British team ended day one top of the medal table with a total of eight. The race was won by Australian star Angela Ballard in a World Championships record of 29.33 seconds with Kinghorn timing 30.72, just missing silver by eight hundredths of a second from Switzerland’s Catherine Debrunner.

Speaking about her medal win Kinghorn said: “It was great to have Catherine (Debrunner) pushing me all the way to the line and gave me something to chase.

“It’s been a really incredible experience so far. My roommate Hannah Cockroft won as well so it was difficult getting to sleep on Thursday night because we were both so excited to be world medallists.”

Kinghorn, who was competing in four events at the Championships, missed out on a medal in the 100m by just three tenths of a second, and by three seconds in the 400m. She rounded off her first world championships with the 800m and after qualifying on Monday night went on to notch up another amazing PB when coming home in seventh place in Tuesday’s final. The race was won by Australian Madison de Rozario in a time of 1.53.86 with Kinghorn clocking 1.54.67.

“It was just really exciting to be at my first World Championship,” she added.

“Five years ago I broke my back and now I am a World bronze medallist, it is incredible. There is so much to learn but I am only 19 so there is plenty of time.”

Newcastleton sprinter Libby Clegg was forced to withdrew from Sunday’s T12 200m semi-finals after injuring her foot in the warm-up. She and guide Mikail Huggins were unable to compete in Monday’s 100m heats and have since pulled out of the Championships.