World Para Athletics Championships: The opening weekend

On Friday (14 July), the World Para Athletics Championships opened in a blaze of incredible sporting achievement – and the opening weekend saw the British athletes pick up quite a few medals, and world records being broken all over the stadium.

Day one saw British favourite (and Enable cover star) Hannah Cockroft win her fourth straight T34 100m, and smashing the world record at the same time in just 17.18 seconds – and incredible opening night in front of her home crowd.

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Elsewhere in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, fellow Brit Kare Adenegen came in second in the same race.

In the F38 shot put, Australian newcomer Cameron Crombie made an impression, breaking a world record within an hour of the Championships opening – he threw an impressive 15.95m.

Ukraine’s Zoia Ovsii took a championship record in the F51 club throw, while India’s Sundar Singh Gurjar came out on top in the F46 javelin.

Day two is now being called Super Saturday, seeing more success for some household names in Britain – picking up five gold medals in total. T44 long jumper Stef Reid headed to the top of the podium after a 5.40m jump secured her a gold medal – her first gold!

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Fellow Brits Richard Whitehead (T42), Sammy Kinghorn (T53) and Sophie Hahn (T38) also came out on top, each in the 200m, and Hollie Arnold also scooped gold in the women’s F46 javelin.

Other top performances came from Brazil’s Petrucio Ferreira, who broke his own world record in the men’s T47 100m, Malaysia’s Muhammad Zolkefli broke a record for the men’s F20 shot and American Cassie Mitchell broke a record for the women’s F52 discus.

In the women’s T54 100m, the Americans came out on top, with Tatyana McFadden taking gold, Cheri Masden silver and her sister Hannah bronze.

Day three was all about golden boy Jonnie Peacock, who despite suffering leg cramp before the starting gun fired, ran his way to first place in the men’s T44 100m.

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Elsewhere on the track, Ireland’s Jason Smyth clocked an impressive 10.63 in the T13 100m, Canada’s Brent Lakatos came out on top in the men’s T53 200m, Swiss Marcel Hug took the top spot for the men’s T54 1500m and Italy’s Martina Caironi took gold in the women’s T42 100m.

In throwing, Britain’s Aled Davies took hold in the men’s F42 discus.

The World Para Athletics Championships run from 14-23 July. Tickets are still available online from tickets.london2017athletics.com.

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