11 July 2016
Bayer Invitational Meeting, Leverkusen, Germany, 8 July
Richard Whitehead (coach: Keith Antoine) proved that he will be the man to beat in Rio after obliterating his T42 200m world record* in Leverkusen, Germany. The reigning Paralympic, world and European champion clocked 23.46 taking over half a second of his previous best time of 24.10 set at last year’s IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha.
Only a wind-assisted 100m denied him of a second world record of the day. Despite not being a specialist over the shorter distance, Whitehead posted a time of 12.06 (+2.4m/s), which will put him in a strong position for a sprint double in September. However, in the final the 29 year old revised his lifetime best with a 12.13 (+1.3m/s) clocking.
Newham Parallel Success, Newham, London, 8 July
Paralympic Games silver medallist Stef Reid (Aston Moore) leapt to the top of the T44 long jump world rankings with a world record* jump of 5.78m (+1.8). Reid, who missed last year’s IPC Athletics World Championships through injury, added 31cm to her previous best jump to overhaul long-time rival Marie-Amelie Le Fur from top of the 2016 world list.
Richard Chiassaro (Jenni Banks) continued to show his sparkling form with the world leading time and lifetime best of 45.98 in the T54 400m overtaking teammate David Weir (Jenny Archer) at the top of the standings. Chiassaro also extended his world lead in the 800m crossing the line in 1:32.96 to underline his credentials as one of the world’s best.
Also in impressive form was Claire Harvey (Shelley Holroyd), who added 24cm to her lifetime best in the F55 discus, with a best throw of 19.70m taking her inside the top five of the world rankings.
Further results to follow shortly.
*world records subject to ratification
BMC Grand Prix, Solihull, Saturday 9 July
Alex Bell (coach: Aaron Thomas) continued her breakthrough 2016 by winning the women’s 800m in a personal best of 2.01.29, again inside the Olympic qualifying mark. In the men’s event Kyle Langford (George Harrison) continued his return from injury, winning in a season’s best of 1.48.53.
Guldendensporenmeeting, Kortrijk, Belgium, Saturday 9 July
The Nielsen twins Laviai and Lina (both Frank Adams) went 1-2 in the women’s 400m, clocking 53.64 and 53.95 respectively, whilst in the 1500m Charlene Thomas (Aaron Thomas) and Hannah England (Bud Baldaro) were second and fourth in 4.07.48 and 4.07.79, respectively, the latter a season’s best.