Being Bronze for McFall 

The University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) is celebrating more Paralympic success with sprinter John McFall taking Bronze in the men’s T42 100 metres in Beijing.

John, who trains at UWIC’s National Indoor Athletics Centre (NIAC) finished just a tenth of a second behind silver medallist Heinrich Popow from Germany in 13.08 seconds with Earle Connor from Canada taking gold in a Paralympic record time of 12.32 seconds.

“Congratulations to John on his success in Beijing,” said Chris Jennings, Assistant Director, Cardiff School of Sport.

“His podium finish is a reward for his hard work and dedication in making the transition from an endurance athlete to a sprinter,” he added.

In the 100 metres sprint event, the 27 year old also won Silver medals at the IPC World Championships in 2006 and the Visa World Cup in 2007.

A champion at both the 100m and 200m at the International Wheelchair and Amputee games in 2007, he was ranked as number 1 in the world in 2007 for the 200 metres and number 2 for the 100 metres.

As well as his on track success, John also completed his Post-graduate studies at UWIC’s Cardiff School of Sport subsequently gaining a Masters of Science (MSc) in Sport and Exercise.