Thomas Young is a rising star of British Para athletics. After winning two medals at the 2018 European Championships and one at the 2019 World Championships, he took gold in the T38 (cerebral palsy) 100m in a time of 10.94.
A delighted Young said afterward: “I came here with one thing to do, and that was to win. To go sub-11 seconds for the first time is just an extra bonus. To be in a Paralympic final against the world’s best athletes is amazing but to win a gold medal is something I’m struggling to describe. Me and my coach (Joe McDonnell) have worked so hard over the last 18 months through the pandemic to get everything right today for the big one. This is the best feeling in the world.
In his third column on the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Stuart Weir has written his column on Tom Young.
Ever since I started running in 2013 following the London Paralympic Games, I’ve dreamt of this. It was about coming here and winning. I remember where I came from. I started running as a hobby and I’ve had great support from my coach and my parents, so I’ve progressed from there. I’ve had some great support from the world class programme which has allowed me to become an elite athlete”.