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John McFall

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T42

Further personal information

Residence
Cardiff, WAL
Occupation
Student
Higher education
Exercise Science, Sports Science, Medicine - Swansea University / Cardiff University: Wales

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up competitive sprinting in Swansea, Wales in 2003.
Why this sport?
"When I lost my leg in 2000, all I wanted to do was run again. The sprints were the disciplines available if I wanted to run competitively."

International debut

Year
2005
Competing for
England
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Espoo

General interest

Hero / Idol
US runner Michael Johnson and British runner Sebastian Coe. (paralympics.org.uk, 28 Jan 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always go the extra mile - life will reward you." (bbc.co.uk, 13 Jun 2008)
Other sports
He played hockey at a divisional level prior to his accident in 2000 and has started cycling internationally for Great Britain following his accident. (bbc.co.uk, 13 Jun 2008, profsports.com, 28 Jan 2010)
Impairment
He had his right leg amputated above the knee following a motorcycle accident while travelling in Thailand in 2000. (paralympics.org.uk, 28 Jan 2010)
Other information
STOLEN LEG
After having his leg amputated he was determined to learn to run again, but his first prosthetic leg was not designed for the task and he kept breaking it. Eventually he had a specially-designed sprinting leg made and had been using it for six months when he won his first competition. However his training suffered a major setback in 2006 when his car, containing his prosthetic sprinting leg, was stolen. The expensive piece of equipment was not covered by his insurance so he had to seek funding to have it replaced. (walesonline.co.uk, 23 Jan 2006; bbc.co.uk, 13 Jun 2008)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 2
Men's 200 m T42 Final Round 3
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 3