27th July 2017
THE WORLD PARA ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS - THE REVIEW: PART TWO
Scottish athletes dominated the day with Sammi Kinghorn dramatically sealing the bronze medal in the T53 400m, with a photo finish needed to separate her and Australian Angela Ballard. After pushing hard around the first bend, she was in a magnificent position and managed to keep pushing hard to seal her second world medal of the week.
After injury blighted the build-up to the 100m for Maria Lyle, she fought against the odds to take her second bronze medal of the week behind the in-form Isis Holt.
Thursday evening was something to behold as seven medals were secured during a frantic hour.
Hannah Cockroft showed her sheer excellence to claim the tenth world title of her career despite battling with a cold. She blitzed the 400m, racing to a championship record of 58.29 with Kare Adenegan sealing her third medal of the week, a bronze, which was a fantastic return for an athlete who has been focusing on her GCSEs lately.
After being inspired to get back involved in athletics after coming to the London Stadium in 2012 as a spectator, Georgie Hermitage made her dream come true, winning the T37 400m title in a spectacular world record of 1:00.29.
Then the medal rush began. Kyron Duke won silver in the F41 shot put and then there were excellent bronzes for Richard Chiassaro in the T54 400m and Stephen Miller in the F32 club throw.
There was also a wonderful bronze medal for Isaac Towers in the T34 800m. The European champion was an outside bet for a medal and few would have thought at the 200m to go mark that he would be amongst the medals. However, coming around the outside in the final 100m, the Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde athlete earned a surprise bronze.
Paralympic champion in the T38 400m Kadeena Cox added the world title to her career highlights list. After a long wait between the 200m and the 400m, the Leeds-born athlete was raring to go, and managed to hold her form in the last 100m to take the gold medal.
Saturday’s were getting a reputation for being blockbuster nights at the championships, and the penultimate evening showed all the signs of another big evening for the British team.
Aled Davies unleashed a monster throw in the F42 shot put; adding well over a metre to his official personal best with a 17.52m throw – a world record which confirmed an emotional victory for the Welshman and his coach Ryan Spencer-Jones.
There was a 100m victory for Sophie Hahn (T38 100m) in world record time with Kadeena Cox sealing silver and Olivia Breen narrowly missing a medal place in fourth, as Georgie Hermitage took home her second gold of the championships in the T37 100m.
Earlier in the day, Jonathan Broom-Edwards took home his third world silver in the T44 high jump, with the Polish athlete Maciej Lepiato showing his class once again to seal gold. In the T13 long jump, Zak Skinner narrowly missed out on a medal but secured a personal best on his debut to end an encouraging championship for the Sevenoaks athlete.
The final morning of the championships proved to be a fitting farewell for the British team, as four more medals were added to the tally which reached 39 in total, 18 of which were gold.
Sammi Kinghorn sprinted to her first T53 100m title, narrowly taking a fine victory to take her up to three medals for the week.
From spectator in 2012 to world medallist in 2017, the meaning of ‘inspire a generation’ was in full light at the World Para Athletics championships. 17 year-old Polly Maton showed her nerve to leap a PB of 5.23m in the final round of the T47 long jump to move from fourth into the silver medal position, cue huge celebrations amongst the British fans.
There was redemption for Jordan Howe and Mickey Bushell who have endured injuries and illness respectively over the last few years. Both won silver in the T35 100m and T53 100m respectively