8th April 2020


With world records tumbling at the World Para Athletics Championships, Hollie Arnold took centre stage on the third night of action in the capital as she broke the championship and the world record under the lights in London.

Coming into the competition, Arnold was defending her F46 javelin title from Doha and also had the Paralympic title to her name following a strong performance in Rio.

She started the competition in the best possible form, opening up more than a metre lead from Holly Robinson in the first round, owed to a 41.38m effort, with Robinson throwing 39.91m to keep the pressure on the Briton.

It was in the second round where Arnold first stamped her mark on the competition, courtesy of a 42.13m throw, that saw the championship record fall, but she would go one better in the fourth round of the competition.

A monumental throw saw the javelin once again exceed the 40.00m mark and came down to the roars of the home crowd and ensure that the title remained with the Briton.

The official measurement was read out and yet more applause echoed around the stadium as the distance of 43.02m was read aloud, it extended Arnold’s world record by one centimetre and secured her yet another gold for the British team in London.