Just as quickly as they came into our lives, the World Para Athletics Championships of 2017 have drawn to a close – and what a spectacular finish it was!
On Friday, day eight, fan favourite Kadeena Cox sprinted her way to gold in the women’s T38 4oom final – despite struggling with a hamstring injury.
Aussie James Turner also put on a heroic display in the men’s 400m T36 final. He scooped the gold in 54.27 seconds – even though he was stumbling with fatigue towards the end, and required medical attention immediately afterwards.
The men’s 800m T54 final saw success for Switzerland’s Marcel Hug, while Morocco’s Mohamed Amguoun scooped a gold medal and a world record in the men’s T13 400m. Fellow Moroccan Mahdi Afri also won the 200m T12 final.
Walid Ktila of Tunisia won the men’s 200m T34, giving him a medal haul of four golds for the competition.
In the T12 long jump, Oksana Zubkovska of Ukraine left the other athletes in the shade with her impressive jump of 6.02m – winning by almost half a metre.
Day nine, Saturday, saw a stream of records being set – and it was a good day for host nation Britain too.
Sprinter Sophie Hahn smashed her previous world record from the Doha championships in 2015, taking the gold in the T38 100m in just 12.44 seconds – her second gold, and second world record, of the competition.
Team-mate Kadeena Cox scooped the silver in the same race, finishing in 13.07 seconds.
Just minutes after the Brits took the top two spots in the women’s T38 100m, Welshman Aled Davies broke his own world record in the men’s F42 shot put – by almost a metre and a half. It gave him his second gold of the competition, following his discus success last Sunday.
Georgie Hermitage sprinted her way to golden glory in the women’s T37 100m, scooping a championship record at the same time.
Brazil’s Petrucio Ferreira took his second gold of the championships in the T47 200m, with fellow Brazilian Yohansson Nascimento taking silver. The USA’s Jarryd Wallace won the T44 200m.
Jayden Sawyer of Australia won the F38 javelin, with similar success for fellow Aussies Deon Kenzie (men’s T38 1500m) and Madison de Rozario (women’s T54 5000m).
Germany’s Johannes Floors finished the night, winning the T43 200m.
And the competition came to a close yesterday, Sunday, for day 10 of the event – and a memorable race for Britain’s Sammi Kinghorn.
The Scot raced her way to gold in the women’s T53 100m – helping Britain secure its best medal tally at the event in 19 years.
Follow Brit Polly Maton came second the T47 long jump, Jordan Howe also picked up silver in the T35 100m, and Mickey Bushell also took silver in the T53 100m.
Britain finished the event with 39 medals, including 18 golds, meaning the team bettered their Doha 2015 total by eight medals. The Brits finished third in the medal table, behind the USA in second and China in first.
Other highlights from the final day of competition included Dutch sprinter Marlou van Rhijn winning her third consecutive title in the women’s T44 200m, Algeria’s Lahouari Bahlaz secured a world record in the men’s F32 shot put, and Australia’s James Turner took the top stop in the T26 800m following his near-collapse earlier in the championships – giving him three gold medals to take home.
There was a bit of drama in the men’s 4x100m T42-47 relay, with the USA finishing first but later being disqualified due to a lane violation. In the end, Germany took gold, Italy silver and Japan bronze.
The competition was rounded off with Finland’s Amanda Kotaja winning fold in the women’s T54 100m.