Blackpool ace wins gold for Britain

Isaac Towers, of Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Athletic Club, has won gold at the IPC European Athletics Championships in Italy.

Friday, 17th June 2016, 9:02 am
Updated Friday, 17th June 2016, 10:03 am
Towers - golden glory

His golden moment came in the T34 800 metres final at the event in Grosseto, Italy.

In the process, the wheelchair athlete, who lives at Catterall, broke the championship record with a time of 1:44.67.

Towers fought off a challenge from the experienced Henry Manni, of Finland, in the final 400 metres to secure the biggest win of his career.

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And it has set Towers up for the Paralympics in Rio later this year.

A delighted Towers said: ”It is good to know I can mix it with the best and is a very good marker as we go into the last few weeks before Rio.”

Towers’ performance on the final day of competition rounded off a superb week for Great Britain.

They won 56 medals - 23 golds, 17 silvers and 16 bronzes - a new record high for the country.

Channel 4 show highlights of the meeting on Sunday.