14th June 2024


Several British athletes were in action at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Paris, France over the 13-14 June.

There was a superb personal best for Anna Nicholson (Richard Kaufman) in the women’s F35 shot put as she added 35cm to her previous best with a mark of 9.47m. The Gateshead athlete has been throwing consistently over nine metres all season, with this effort joining two other PB throws of 9.24m and 9.20m in her series in Charlety Stadium.

Thomas Young (Joe McDonnell. Charnwood) sealed an impressive win in the men’s T38 100m, just getting the better of Dimitri Jozwicki (FRA) by one hundredth of a second. Clocking a season best of 10.98 (-0.5), the photo finish was required to separate the pair with the Frenchman crossing the line in 10.99.

There was another impressive lifetime best for Luke Sinnott (Roger Keller, Bournemouth) in the mixed classification long jump competition where he secured a 6.52m best. Fresh from a 6.50m PB in Eton last week, Sinnott continued his strong form in the opening round, and he also added 6.27m and 6.33m jumps to his series.

In the field, six-time world champion Hollie Arnold (Scott Knighton, Blackheath & Bromley) threw for the first time since Kobe, throwing a best of 40.06m.

Back on the track, Columba Blango (Columba Blango, Shaftesbury Barnet) improved his season best to 48.57, going almost a second quicker than he did in the men’s T20 400m heats at the World Championships last month. The 2020 Paralympic bronze medallist crossed the line fifth in a race won in a European record by Spain’s David Pineda Meija of 47.03.

There was a race victory for John Bridge (Darrell Maynard, Cardiff) in the men’s T45/46/47 400m as he came through in a time of 51.12, a season best for the Welshman.

Kadeena Cox (Joe McDonnell, Sale Harriers Manchester) was in track action for the first time since the Coventry Spring meeting in April, recording times of 14.44 over 100m and 1:06.46 in the 400m across the two days of competition.