Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

This Win Is for You! Kilty Dedicates Victory to Son and Injured Team-Mates

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

This Win Is for You! Kilty Dedicates Victory to Son and Injured Team-Mates

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Byline: ADAM STEEL adam.steel@trinitymirror.com @ADAMSTEELGAZ

RICHARD Kilty dedicated his gold medal victory to his son and crashinjured team-mates after making successful defence of his 60 metres sprint title at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Belgrade.

The Teesside tornado ran 6.54 seconds to retain his crown after tense beginning which had seen team-mate Andrew Robertson disqualified for a false start.

Kilty won his heat and semi-final and was in imperious form in the final.

He dedicated his triumph to his son Richard and fellow sprinters James Ellington and Nigel Levine, who were injured in a motorbike crash on a training camp in Tenerife in January.

The 27-year-old said: "I was feeling a little nervous and I was in the call room and I pulled out a photo of little Richard and I thought myself, 'No matter what happens here, I'm going to go home on Monday and he's going to be smiling.'.

"It made me feel so small and that it's just another competition and it just took my nerves away. …

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