Earlier today, Athletics Australia confirmed that Evan O’Hanlon and Scott Reardon spots confirmed for IPC Athletics World Championships scheduled for Doha, Qatar in October of this year. Canberra’s O’Hanlon and New South Wales’s Reardon had already qualified for the event earlier because they both met the Qualifying Standards in the 100 meter event.
Both athletes are based in Canberra, where they train at the Australian Institute of Sport with coach Iryna Dvoskina. Athletics Australia Chairman of Selectors Dion Russell said, “Congratulations to Evan and Scott on their automatic selection to the Australian Flame team for the IPC Athletics World Championships. The Selectors wish you the best of luck as you prepare to defend the gold medals you won in France two years ago. […] The Selection Policy calls for automatic selection to be offered to athletes who won a gold medal in an individual event at the last IPC Athletics World Championships so long as they have attained at least one Athletics Australia ‘A’ Standard in that event during this qualification period. Evan has done this in for the T38 100m on three occasions, while Scott has bettered the required mark for his T42 class seven times, ensuring that they are eligible to be picked now. […] The remainder of the team will be confirmed at the Final Selection Meeting to be held after the close of the qualification period in the week commencing 31 August 2015.”
Reardon is the reigning Paralympic silver medalist in the T42 100 meter event, and reigning World Championship gold medalist in the same event. He is also the reigning World Championship silver medalist in the men’s T42 200 meter event. O’Hanlon is the two time reigning men’s Paralympic gold medalist in the men’s T38 100 meters and 200 meters. He is also the current reigning World Championship gold medalist in the men’s T38 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters.
The event is the last major international event ahead of the 2016 Summer Paralympics. For O’Hanlon, Reardon and a lot of other athletes from around the world, it will be a major test event to assess their performance relative to everyone else in the field.