Dunbar’s Maria Lyle, 16, takes bronze on Paralympic debut

Maria Lyle shows off her bronze medal. Pic: onEdition
Maria Lyle shows off her bronze medal. Pic: onEdition
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Maria Lyle landed bronze on her Paralympic debut but the 16-year-old claimed there is room for improvement following her third place in the T35 100 metres final.

The sprinter from Dunbar, who has cerebral palsy, ran 14.41 seconds but saw China’s Zhou Xia take a surprise victory ahead of Australia’s world champion Isis Holt.

“It wasn’t my best race and the time wasn’t very good but I got a medal and not everyone gets a medal so I’ve got to be happy with that,” Lyle said. “I get a lot of great opportunities and to be running on this stage is brilliant. It wasn’t the best time. It was a bit slow and I could have executed it better. I just need to focus on my technique because it was a bit shabby out there.” The Scot will have an even better chance of gold later on Thursday, though, with the British line-up starting as clear favourites in the T35-38 4x100 relay. “We’ve got a very strong squad,” said Lyle. “We’re the world and European champions and we’ve got the world record so we’ll be going for gold.”