Here is a roundup of the highlights at Doha 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships

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22 October – Day One

Vanessa Low of Germany led by example after convincingly winning the gold medal and setting a new world record in the process in the women’s T42 Long Jump final. The previous record was 4.60m set by Italy’s Martina Caironi earlier this year, but here in Doha she had to settle for second as Low leapt to an unprecedented 4.79m.

Another superwoman on show was Great Britain’s 18-year-old Sophie Hahn, who broke the world record in the women’s 100m T38 event.

Hannah Cockroft of Great Britain celebrates victory in the Women's 100m T34 Final
Hannah Cockroft of Great Britain celebrates victory in the Women’s 100m T34 Final

Earlier in the day, teammate Kadeena Cox also broke a world record in the qualifying heat for the women’s T37 100m sprint final, an event she subsequently went on to win ahead of fellow Briton Georgina Hermitage and Russia’s Anna Sapozhnikova. The gold rush was not over for Great Britain though, with the stalwart favorite in the women’s T34 100m final, Hannah Cockroft, crushing her opponents with ease.

Cockroft is one of the true icons of para-sports, having dominated the wheelchair races over the last few years. The reigning Paralympic champion finds life in the Middle East particularly pleasing:

The third world record of the evening came when Russia’s Roman Danyluk threw 16.64m in the Men’s shot put F12, followed by the Men’s T37 200m final, where Russia’s Andrey Vdovin cruised in to the near unfathomable time of 22.59. The final record was broken by France’s Marie Le Fur in the long jump T44 with a distance of 5.84.

Meanwhile, the women’s F32 Club Throw final provided North African sports fans with a reason to cheer as Tunisia’s Maroua Ibrahimi took the gold medal narrowly ahead of Mounia Gasmi from Algeria in second and Britain’s Abbie Hunnisett in third.

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The evening session concluded an exhilarating opening day of the World Championships at Qatar Sports Club where 72 medals were shared between 32 nations. China are leading the medals table with 4 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze, just ahead of Great Britain’s 4 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze. Germany sit third with their fair share of the count – 2 gold and 2 bronze.

23 October – Day Two 

The second day of competition at the Doha 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships saw a big upset in the women’s 400m T11 when China’s Ciuqing Lui defeated multiple World and Paralympic Champion Terezinha Guilhermina of Brazil. Meanwhile, a further five world-records were broken in another exhilarating evening of action.

Up and coming young athlete Cuiqing Liu’s improvement in the T11 sprinting events has been spectacular as she becomes the first person to defeat Terezinha Guilhermina in a World Championship event in nine years. 13 years Terezinha’s junior, the two will go head to head two further times in Doha when they meet again in the 200m T11 on 25 October and the 100m T11 on 28 October.

David Brown of USA holds up a banner after the Men’s 100m T11 final

 

In the Men’s 100m T11, American athlete David Brown, the 100m and 200m world-record holder stormed to victory ahead of Brazilian arch-rivals Felipe Gomez and Lucas Prada, who stumbled and crashed out with a bad fall.

Meanwhile, Markus Rehm, one of the faces of the Doha 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships, continued to reign supreme in the Men’s long jump T44 as he furthered his own world-record to 8.40m, a distance that is just 1 cm shorter than Greg Rutherford’s winning jump in this year’s IAAF World Championships in Athletics.

Tunisia had an excellent evening of athletics, taking gold and silver in the Women’s discus throw F41 with Raoua Tlili setting a new world-record of 29.70 m ahead of teammate Fathia Amaima’s 24.83m, and gold and a new world-record in the Women’s javelin F54 with Hania Aida throwing 18.86m.  Walid Ktila, four-times World Champion and double Paralympic Champion qualified with the fastest time in the Men’s 400m T34 and Abbes Saidi qualified fastest in the Men’s 800m T38. Both finals will take place tonight, 24 October.

Further world-records were broken by Na Mi of China in the Women’s shot put F37 with a distance of 13.56m, and Omara Durand of Cuba in the Women’s 400m T12 with a time of 53.05s. Durand is a double World Champion and double Paralympic Champion, and was making her comeback in Doha after missing the 2013 World Championships following the birth of her child.

24 October – Day Three

Isis Holt of Australia celebrates winning gold in the women's 200m T35 final
Isis Holt of Australia celebrates winning gold in the women’s 200m T35 final

The incredible drama of the Doha 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships has continued on day three as a 14 year-old Australian broke the Women’s 200m T35 world-record. The sprinters dominated the evening’s action as crowd favourites, Marlou van Rhijn of The Netherlands, Jason Smyth of Ireland and Walid Ktila of Tunisia retained their World Championship titles.

It was a battle of the teenagers in the Women’s 200m T35 as 14-year-old Isis Holt clocked 28.57s to beat 15-year-old Maria Lyle of Great Britain into second place. Maria Lyle had broken the 200m T35 world-record earlier this year setting up a thrilling final between the pair who had never met in competition – Isis Holt only took up the sport a year ago and had never left her home country.

ason Smyth of Ireland wins the men's 100m T13 final
Jason Smyth of Ireland wins the men’s 100m T13 final

In the Men’s 100m T13, Jason Smyth, the fastest para-athlete of all time, who is dubbed the Usain Bolt of the Paralympic Games, produced a dominating victory to win in 10.62 seconds. Meanwhile Omara Durand of Cuba broke her second world-record of the World Championships in the Women’s 200m T12 heat with a time of 23.38s, after having broken the 400m T12 world-record yesterday.

There was an upset in the Men’s 1,500m T54 when Rawat Tana of Thailand beat pre-race favourites multiple World and Paralympic Champion, David Weir of Great Britain and world-record holder, Marcel Hug of Switzerland into second and fifth places respectively. Hug has never beaten Weir in a major Championship and both will have another opportunity to claim gold when they go in the 5000m T54. 38 year old Tana had not won a World Championship title since he won the 1,500m 13 years ago at Lille 2002. Fellow team-mate Saichon Konjen took bronze.

25 October – Day Four Part 1

Giusy Versace and Martina Caironi take selfies with schoolchildren
Giusy Versace and Martina Caironi take selfies with schoolchildren

Excited spectators had turned up for the fourth day of incredible competition on show in Doha. First up was the men’s F35 shot-putters, where the Iranian Seyedmohsen Hosseinipanah secured the third gold medal for his country narrowly ahead of Edgars Bergs of Latvia.

There was, however, glory to come for team Latvia in the men’s F52 Discus Throw final, courtesy of Aigars Apinis’s phenomenal 21.44m throw which demolished the previous world record by 0.16m. Algeria’s Mohamed Berrahal came into this final as the world record holder in the F51 category (both F51 and F52 athletes compete together), but despite finishing down in the overall positions, he delivered a spectacular throw midway through which catapulted him into a new F51 world record of 13.17m.

The second women’s Shot Put final was in the F55 category where Britain’s outsider Claire Harvey was chasing the world record of 9.06m set by her opposite German number, Marianne Buggenhagen, in the Athens 2004 Paralympics. As the competition progressed, however, it was clear that there could be only one winner, with the German in unstoppable mood. While Harvey never got going and ended the final in fifth place, Buggenhagen’s teammate Marie Hawkeswood duly delivered and clinched second.

Siarhei Burdukou of Belarus competes in the men's high jump T12 final
Siarhei Burdukou of Belarus competes in the men’s high jump T12 final

In the men’s T12 High Jump event the stage was set for an almighty show from Belarus who copied Germany’s feat in the event before by occupying the top two places on the podium. Siarhei Burdukou took the gold medal jumping 1.89m, just 4 centimeters ahead of his close friend Ihar Fartunau and Russia’s Andrey Shashko.

Oleksandr Doroshenko of Ukraine competes in the men's shot put F38 final
Oleksandr Doroshenko of Ukraine competes in the men’s shot put F38 final

The fourth Shot Put spectacle this morning was the men’s F38 final which saw overwhelming favourite Oleksands Doroshenko of Ukraine take the gold medal, closely followed by South Africa’s Reinhardt Hamman and Czech Republic’s Petr Vratil.

There were also a couple of highly anticipated semifinals featuring some of the world’s finest para-sports stars. The first, Terezinha Guilhermina, entered the World Championships in Doha as the reigning World Champion in the women’s T11 100m, 200m and 400m races. On Friday however, Guilhermina was sensationally defeated by the Chinese wonder woman Cuiqing Liu who took the gold medal in the T11 400m event. The rivalry between the two showed yet again as they paired up for the 200m semifinal. Although the Brazilian powerhouse narrowly came in with the fastest time, all eyes will be on the final later today.

The other was Brent Lakatos, a Canadian wheelchair racer competing in the T53 category. The reigning quadruple World Champion in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 4x400m relay won the gold medal in the 100m event on the opening day in Doha, but now finds himself chasing more glory after a dominant performance in the qualifying heat in the 200m event.

25 October – Day Four Part 2

The exhilarating action was non-stop on the fourth evening of the Doha 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships as six further world-records fell and 16 new World Champions were crowned. The much-hyped Men’s 200m T44 final resulted in a convincing win by Richard Browne of the USA who broke the world-record in the process in a time of 21.27s.

Richard Browne of the United States wins the men's 200m T44 final
Richard Browne of USA, setting a new world record for Men’s 200m T44

The rivalry between Richard Browne of the USA and Alan Oliveira of Brazil was one of the most anticipated showdowns of this year’s World Championships. Alan Oliveira is the reigning World and Paralympic Champion and held the world-record until tonight but Richard Browne showed that he was in unbeatable form as he claimed his first major Championship individual title. The two will meet again in the 100m T44 on 29 October.

In the Women’s 200m T11, Cuiqing Liu of China continued her meteoric rise in the sprint events as she beat Terezinha Guilhermina for the second time in these World Championships. Guilhermina had been unbeaten in a World Championships in nine years ahead of Doha 2015 but Liu has come into these World Championships in blistering form. The pair will meet for a third and final time when they go head to head again in the Women’s 100m T11 on 28th October.

The second world-record of the evening was broken in the 200m T12 final by Omara Durand with a time of 23:03s. Durand is in fantastic form in these World Championships having already broken two world-records and won two World Championships titles, and will be in action again on the 26th October when she runs in the 100m T12.  The Women’s 400m T37 and T38 events provided two further world-records when Georgina Hermitage of Great Britain and Margarita Goncharova stormed to victory in 1:02.01 and 1:02.18 respectively.  Hermitage came from nowhere this year smashing the world-record for the first time earlier in the year having missed the whole of the 2014 season through injury and only competing once in 2013 due to the birth of her daughter.

China, who are well clear at the top of the medal table with 17 gold, 10 silver and seven bronze medals, had another dominant evening. Five further Chinese World Champions were crowned and two world-records were broken in the Women’s discus F44 by Juan Yao who threw a distance of 43.49m, and in the Men’s long jump T38 by Hu Jianwen who jumped 7.13m.

26 October – Day Five

Abdulrahman Abdulgadir Abdulrahman of Qatar competes in the men's shot put F34 final
Abdulrahman Abdulgadir Abdulrahman of Qatar competes in the men’s shot put F34 final

Qatar’s para-athletics hero, Abdelrahman Abdelqader narrowly missed out on a bronze medal at Qatar Sports Club tonight, throwing a season’s best that put him just centimetres outside of medal contention. Abdelqader fought formidably with the best athletes in the world to finish just short of a podium finish in an incredibly strong field. Elsewhere in the competition, it was a successful night for the region with medals for Tunisia, Morocco, the UAE and Algeria. 

There was further success for the region this evening with Walid Ktila and Raoua Tlili winning their second gold medals each for Tunisia and Abdelillah Mame of Morocco winning a shock gold ahead of team-mate and pre-race favourite El Amin Chentouf, who finished third.  Raoua Tlili won gold in the Women’s shot put F41, having previously won gold in the Women’s discus F41 with a new world-record last Friday.

Walid Ktila continued his dominance in the T34 sprint events with victory in the Men’s 800m F34. Ktila had already won gold in the 400m T34 and is still to compete in the 100m and 200m T34 with hopes of matching his four gold medals at the Lyon 2013 World Championships. He beat Paralympic silver medallist, Mohamed Hammadi of the UAE into second place, in a repeat of the London 2012 Paralympic final.

Morocco’s El Amin Chentouf was the pre-race favourite in the Men’s 1,500m T13 final. However, the three times World Champion and London 2012 Paralympic Champion could only finish third in a close and exhilarating final. Abdelillah Mame, who last won a 1,500m World Championships title in 2006, surged down the finishing straight to take gold, beating Algeria’s Abdellatif Baka into second place – Baka’s second silver at Doha 2015.

In the Men’s 5000m T54, Thailand’s Rawat Tana stole the show for a second time during these World Championships storming to victory for his second gold medal ahead of world-record holder, Marcel Hug of Switzerland. The hype ahead of the World Championships had been all about the rivalry between Hug and multiple World and Paralympic Champion, David Weir of Great Britain. However, Weir could not find his form and had to settle for seventh position, enabling Hug to beat him for the first time in a major Championships.

27 October – Day Six

Qatar’s Mohamed al Kubaisi has qualified for the Men’s 100m T34 final in his first-ever IPC Athletics World Championships. Tunisia’s Walid Ktila qualified with the fastest time and is on track for his third of four possible gold medals at these World Championships, while a shock in the Women’s 100m T11 semi-finals saw reigning World Champion Terezinha Guilhermina of Brazil fail to qualify for the final.

Mohamed al Kubaisi has not long been involved in para-sports but has shown extremely fast improvement, rewarded with his first major championship medal at the 2014 Asian Para-Games last year. The 22-year-old has continued to build on this and produced an excellent performance to qualify for tomorrow night’s 100m T34 final.

In the second heat, Walid Ktila again showed his unbeatable form by storming to victory to qualify easily for tomorrow’s final. Ktila has already won gold in the 400m and 800m events and is on track to complete his 2013 World Championship feat of winning four gold medals with the 200m still to come.

Richard Whitehead of Great Britain sets a new world record in the men's 200m T42 heats
Richard Whitehead of Great Britain sets a new world record in the men’s 200m T42 heats

There were several upsets in tonight’s competition. In the Women’s 100m T11 semi-final, crowd favourite Terezinha Guilhermina of Brazil finished third in her race and failed to qualify for the final. Guilhermina was clearly affected by having to run with a new guide following her regular guide pulling a muscle in the 200m final two days ago. Meanwhile, Terezinha’s emerging nemesis, Cuiqing Liu of China qualified easily in the second semi-final making her the strong favourite for her third gold of these World Championships in tomorrow night’s final.

In the Men’s 400m T54, pre-race favourite Marcel Hug of Switzerland failed to collect a medal finishing in fourth place behind Yang Liu and Chengming Liu of China and Kenny van Weeghel of The Netherlands. Ahead of the World Championships, Hug was looking to better his 2013 performance of 3 gold medals and 1 silver but has so far only managed one silver which came in the Men’s 5000m last night. Hug still has the 800m T54 to come.

Brent Lakatos of Canada was looking to match his 2013 World Championship performance by winning four gold medals. He has already been successful in the 100m and 200m T53 in Doha but was beaten tonight in the 400m T53 in the final metres as China prospered once again with Li Huzhao claiming victory. Lakatos still has one further race to come in the 800m T53 on 29 October, which Huzhao will also be competing in.

In the Men’s 200m T42 heats, para-athletics veteran Richard Whitehead of Great Britain broke his own world-record in a time of 24.10s. The 39-year-old is the reigning Paralympic and World Champion and will be looking for his third world title when he lines up in tomorrow night’s final.

Also qualifying was team-mate Dave Henson. The former British Army officer and Great Britain’s flag-bearer at the Doha 2015 Opening Ceremony lost both his legs when he stepped on a bomb in Afghanistan in 2011 and tonight represented his country for the first time as an athlete, and is just one example of the compelling stories of triumph over adversity on display at these World Championships.

There were four further world-records broken tonight. Rachael Morrison of the USA threw a huge throw of 12.86m in the Women’s discus F52 beating her nearest rival by over two metres. Evgenii Torsunov of Russia won the Men’s long jump T36 with a jump of 5.34m and Irada Aliyeva of Azerbaijan threw 44.18m to win the Women’s javelin F13. Lauritta Onye won Nigeria’s first medal of the World Championships in style with a convincing win in the Women’s shot put F40 final, furthering her own world-record to 7.72m.

28 October – Day Seven

Walid Ktila of Tunisia won his third title of the World Championships just ahead of Mohamed Hammadi of the UAE in the 100m T34. Minutes earlier Ahmad Almutairi of Kuwait won the 100m T33 in a new Championship record. The world records continued to fall on the most exciting evening of action yet.

Walid Ktila of Tunisia competes in the men's 100m T34 final
Walid Ktila of Tunisia competes in the men’s 100m T34 final

Walid Ktila of Tunisia has dominated the T34 sprint events for the last few years having won two Paralympic titles at London 2012 and four World Championship titles at Lyon 2013. He is well on track to match this feat in Doha with three world titles now successfully under his belt following tonight’s 100m victory and earlier victories in the 400m and 800m. He will go for his fourth title when he competes in the 200m on Friday. Ktila was pushed all the way by good friend, Mohamed Hammadi of the UAE, who claimed his first 100m major Championship medal.

 

In the previous race, Ahmed Almutairi of Kuwait convincingly won the 100m T33 with a new Championship record of 17.53s, beating British duo Daniel Brammal and Toby Gold into silver and bronze respectively. Almutairi has shown marked improvement given that his previous best finish  was fifth in the 2011 World Championships.

The glory continued late into the evening with Morocco’s Mohamed Amguoun claiming gold and setting a new world record in the 400m T13 final. Commenting on his incredible performance, Amguoun said:

In the women’s 100m T11, Cuiqing Liu has completed her emergence as para-athletics’ new sprinting Queen with a hat-trick of titles in Doha. Multiple Paralympic and World Champion, Terezinha Guilhermina of Brazil was missing from today’s final after failing to qualify yesterday, and Liu showed that she is the new one to watch storming to victory in a time of 12.43 on her birthday, making it a very special day for the Chinese youngster.

There was a hat-trick of hat-tricks in tonight’s competition as Omara Durand of Cuba also won her third gold medal and broke her fourth world record and she claimed victory in the Women’s 100m T12 final in a time of 11.48s. Meanwhile Richard Whitehead of Great Britain equalled his own world record, set last night, in the Men’s 200m T42 final when he produced a surge down the finishing strait to win in a time of 24.10s.

There was further success for Great Britain this evening when all three medals were collected by British athletes in the Women’s 800m T34. Hannah Cockroft, one of the most decorated athletes in the history of para-sport easily won her second gold in Doha in a new Championship record time of 2:07.10, ahead of Melissa Nicholls and Kare Adenegan.

Sara Hamdi Masoud of Qatar competes in the women's shot put F33 final
Sara Hamdi Masoud of Qatar competes in the women’s shot put F33 final

In the Women’s shot put F33 final, Qatar’s double Asian Para-Games Champion, Sara Masoud showed that she can hold her own with the best athletes in the world as she threw a personal best distance of 4.54 to finish an incredible fifth. The final was won by Svetlana Krivenok of Russia with a huge throw of 6.30, beating Brydee Moore of Australia into second place by almost a metre.

The world record flurry was not over at Qatar Sports Club as French super sprinter Marie-Amelie Le Fur who cruised into an incredible time of 59.30 in the 400m T44 race and claimed her third gold medal at these World Championships.

One of the last superstars to compete tonight was Britain’s Aled Davies who once again proved himself as the undisputed king of Discus Throw F42, breaking his own world record of 48.87m four times on his way to the top of the podium. The incredible new world record is now 49.59m, as Davies secured his place in para-sports hall of fame here in Doha.

29 October – Day Eight

The marquee evening of the Doha 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships did not disappoint as the 100m events saw three athletes complete their 100m, 200m sprint doubles with double world records. An incredible six further world records fell on the eighth day of competition as the athletes continue to inspire and amaze.

First up was ‘Blade Babe’ Marlou van Rhijn of The Netherlands in the Women’s 100m T44. The reigning Paralympic and World Champion faced stiff competition from Marie-Amelie le Fur of France, who had already won the 400m and long jump T44 competitions but van Rhijn continued her dominance in the shorter sprint events as she stormed to victory in a time of 12.80s, breaking her own world record. Le Fur finished second in a time of 13.12 and Nyoshia Cain of Trinidad and Tobago finished third to win their country’s second medal of the Championships.

Marlou van Rhijn of the Netherlands celebrates winning the women's 100m T44 final
Marlou van Rhijn of the Netherlands celebrates winning the women’s 100m T44 final

In the Women’s 100m T35, 14-year-old Isis Holt sealed her place as the new star of para-athletics as she won her second gold and broke her second world record in Doha. The youngster only took up para-athletics last year and had never left Australia before coming to Doha. She ran 13.63s to beat fellow teenage talent, 15-year-old Maria Lyle of Great Britain into silver medal position for the second time of these World Championships. Holt’s team-mate Brianna Coop of Australia finished in third.

 

Richard Browne of the USA completed the third sprint double of the evening as he ran away from the field to convincingly win the Men’s 100m T44, smashing the world record with a time of 10.61s. Arnu Fourie of South Africa took the silver medal in 10.93s and Brazil’s Alan Oliveira, the reigning World Champion coming into the race, had to settle for bronze in 11.02. With former world-record holder, Jarryd Wallace of the USA, and reigning Paralympic Champion, Jonnie Peacock of Great Britain missing from these World Championships due to injury, the future of the Men’s sprint T44 events is incredibly exciting.

The mind-blowing results continued in the Women’s 200m T38 final as Margarita Goncharova of Russia completed her hat-trick of titles in Doha with her second world record. Goncharova surged ahead of Great Britain’s Sophie Hahn in the final metres to take gold in a time of 26.61. Junfei Chen of China took bronze. Goncharova’s previous victories came in the 400m and long jump, with bronze in the 100m. With the 4x100m still to come, Goncharova could bring home four medals from Doha.

Yet another athlete to complete a hat-trick of titles tonight was Brent Lakatos of Canada when he accelerated away from the field to win the Men’s 800m T53 final. Lakatos is on track to match his Lyon 2013 performance of three golds and one silver with the 4x400m still to come on.

The evening had earlier got off to a world-record breaking start when Martina Caironi of Italy broke the Women’s 100m T42 world record in heat one in a time of 15.01, narrowly missing the 15 second barrier. She will line up against Vanessa Low of Germany, who broke the long jump world record earlier in the Championships, in tomorrow night’s final at 16:08 for an exciting showdown between the two para-athletics stars. The final world record of the night came in the Men’s long jump T37 when Guangxu Shang of China jumped 6.47m.

The evening’s action finished with further disappointment for Morocco’s three times World Champion from 2013 and reigning Paralympic Champion, El Amin Chentouf in the Men’s 5,000m T13 final. Having finished a surprise third in the 10,000m Chentouf was hoping to redeem himself in 5,000m. With an unbeatable lead with 600m to go, Chentouf crashed out and could not continue. The race was left open for Canada’s Guillaume Ouellet to run home to victory with a clear lead ahead of Spain’s Alberto Suarez Laso and Youssef Benibrahim of Morocco.

30 October – Day Nine

The flurry of world records at the Doha 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships was maintained on Friday night as Italy’s Martina Caironi cruised to victory in the 100m T42 race with a time of 14.61 ahead of Vanessa Low of Germany in second. The super sprinter got her second world record in as many days and looked unstoppable as she secured her second medal here in Doha:

It was a day for the memory books for the Tunisian contingent coming out in numbers tonight to support their heroes, with three gold medals on the trot in the earlier races at Qatar Sports Club. In the women’s 1500m T13 final, Somaya Bousaid was the runaway winner with a phantom performance which caused her to require medical attention after having crossed the line. Speaking after being cleared by doctors and receiving her gold medal, a proud Bousaid said:

Marcio Fernandes of Cape Verde competes in the men's javelin F44 final
Marcio Fernandes of Cape Verde competes in the men’s javelin F44 final

Another Tunisian woman, Maroua Ibrahmi , followed up the gold rush moments later in the F32 shot put final, while Abbes Saidi secured the world title ahead of France’s Louis Radius in the men’s 1500m T38. With the Tunisian national anthem almost on repeat in medal ceremonies throughout the evening, a clearly touched Saidi commented on what was turning out to be a glorious day for his country:

Elsewhere, in the 1500m T11 final there was redemption for Brazil’s Odair Santos who convincingly won the race ahead of Chile’s Cristian Valenzuela and Hasan Kacar from Turkey. Speaking after his gold medal race, which recorded a season’s best for the Brazilian, Santos said:

In the 1500m T37 final, the fourth 1500m race on this eventful and spectacular day of elite para-sports, it was Ireland’s reigning World and Paralympic Champion Michael McKillop who yet again showed his superiority, winning comfortably ahead of Australia’s Brad Scott and Madjid Djemai of Algeria, following his victory in the 800m T37/38 earlier in the week.

For the small African island of Cape Verde it was a day to remember as Marcio Fernandes secured the first-ever gold medal for his country in the javelin throw F44 event.

Elsewhere in the stadium there were further world records as Maciej Lepiato of Poland broke the Men’s high jump T44 world record with a jump of 2.18m, and Mikela Ristoski of Croatia broke the world record in the Women’s triple jump T20 with a jump of 11.67m.

31 October – Day Ten

The final evening of action saw a further 18 world champions crowned, with the relays being the highlight of the night. In the Men’s 4x100m T11-13 final, Russia broke the world-record with a time of 42.11 ahead of Uzbekistan and Spain and in the Women’s 4x100m T11-13 relay, China stormed to victory with a new Championship record, ahead of Russia in second and Spain in third, with Cuiqing Liu getting her fourth gold of these World Championships. Meanwhile in the Women’s 4x100m T35-38 relay Great Britain were victorious with a new world-record of 52.22, ahead of Russia in silver and China in bronze. The next relay saw Doha’s heroes Richard Browne and Markus Rehm in action for the USA and Germany respectively in the Men’s 4x100m T42-47. It was Rehm’s team that had the better change-overs with the relay won by the third leg and Germany crossing the line with a 30m lead and a new Championship record ahead of the USA in second and Russia in third.

Russia had a world-record breaking evening with Evgenii Shvetcov breaking the Men’s 200m T36 world-record with a time of 24.29 to take his second gold in Doha, and Andrey Vdovin breaking the Men’s 100m T37 world-record in a time of 11.46.

Walid Ktila of Tunisia won his fourth gold of the World Championships when he won the Men’s 200m T34 to match his four gold medals in Lyon 2013. Meanwhile, Great Britain won their third gold of the evening, to take their total tally to 13 golds, when multiple World and Paralympic Champion, Hannah Cockroft won the Women’s 400m T34 and her third gold of these World Championships.

China celebrate winning gold medals in the women's 4x100m T11-13 final
China celebrate winning gold medals in the women’s 4x100m T11-13 final

 

Fittingly, the final gold of the World Championships went to China, who have been dominant in Doha, in the Men’s 4x400m T53/54 relay with a new Championship record.  The baton now hands to London, who will host the 2017 IPC Athletics World Championships in two years’ time.