As the finals come to close, only few para-athletes are left to compete to decide who will make it to The Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Here are four of the names to watch out for this weekend:
Michael McKillop of Ireland
The Irish superstar has dominated the 800m and 1500m T37 races ever since emerging on the scene in the 2006 World Championships. He is the reigning World Champion in both events, but also came away from the London 2012 Paralympic Games with two gold medals. Having already comfortably secured the gold medal in the 800m T37 in Doha, McKillop is looking to add another world title to his illustrious list when he competes in the 1500m T37 final tomorrow afternoon.
Walid Ktila of Tunisia
Walid Ktila is another superstar dominating the track in Doha. The wheelchair warrior is in top form having already won three gold medals. With another world title on offer at Qatar Sports Club on Saturday, Ktila is looking to progress from the semifinal of the 200m T34 tomorrow night. Should his dream of quadruple gold medals come true, he is sure to go down in history as one of the greatest ever.
Raymond Martin of USA
The American wheelchair racer is already one of the finest to ever grace the planet with his staggering five gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m T52 events from the last World Championships in 2013, which came on the back of four gold medals in the London 2012 Paralympics. Martin’s incredible form has continued in Doha where he has been atop of the podium twice, and he is now looking to clinch his spot in the final of the 400m in the semifinal tomorrow evening.
Mohammed Al Kubaisi of Qatar
The Qatari wheelchair racer and reigning GCC champion is competing on the world stage for the first time here in Doha, and in front of a buoyant home crowd he will be hoping to qualify for the final in the 200m T34 semi tomorrow evening. Al-Kubaisi only started wheelchair racing two years ago, and has already proved himself by winning a bronze medal in the Asian Para Games last year.