MARIA Lyle has won Great Britain’s first athletics medal of the Tokyo Paralympics.

Lyle, from Dunbar, won a bronze medal in the T35 100m at about 4.45am this morning.

She crossed the line in a season's best time of 14.18 seconds.

The gold medal went to China's Xia Zhou who finished the race in 13 seconds, with Australian Isis Holt taking silver with a time of 13.13 seconds.

East Lothian Courier:

Maria with her brilliant bronze medal. Pic: imagecomms/ParalympicsGB/PA Wire


Tokyo is her second Paralympic Games: she previously brought home a silver and two bronze medals from the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.

The 21-year-old, who has spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, competes in the T35 200m on Sunday at about 11.40am UK time.

Meanwhile Micky Yule, 42, from Wallyford, who lost both legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) while on army duty in Afghanistan in 2010, competes in the -80kg category of powerlifting on Saturday at about 10.30am UK time.

The Paralympics are being screened live on Channel 4.