World Para Athletics Championships: Day 5

It was a quiet day for Britain on day 5 of the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships – and while we couldn’t get cheering for our own athletes, there was plenty of impressive sporting action to get in on!

Ireland’s Jason Smyth, however, had a great day, who remains undefeated since 2008. The visually impaired sprinter, who picked up gold in the T37 100m earlier in the competition, came first in the 200m last night – in just 21.40 seconds.

Canadian wheelchair athlete Brent Lakatos scooped his second gold of the championship in the men’s T53 400m, while the USA’s Deja Young took the top spot in the women’s T47 100m.

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In the T42 long jump, Denmark’s Daniel Wagner took gold – and the former gymnast celebrated by performing some backflips for the crowds!

It was a world record for Brazil’s Andre Rocha in the F52 discus throw – and an emotional record at that, after a spinal injury prevented him from competing in Rio last year.

America’s Isaac Jean-Paul took another world record in the T13 high jump, clearing 2.17m.

Great Britain’s Sammi Kinghorn came second in her heat for the T53 400m, putting her through to today’s final – where she hopes to bring something home to add to her gold medal from the 200m on Saturday.

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And it was an exciting end to the day from South Africa, when their athletes took two golds in the space of an hour – Charl du Toit in the men’s T37 200m and Dyan Buis in the men’s T38 200m.

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

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