15th March 2018
WORLD PARA ATHLETICS GP DAY THREE ROUND-UP
On the penultimate day of action at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix, there were a number of successes for British athletes.
Sophie Kamlish (Rob Ellchuk) ran her first 100m in the new T64 classification in Dubai, winning the overall contest – and gold medal – in a time of 14.08. After winning world gold last summer, the London-based athlete has competed a few times already in 2018, setting a personal best over 60m last month.
Dubai will be a competition to remember for Welshman Morgan Jones (Christian Malcolm) who lowered his personal best over 100m to 11.73 (+1.9), which tees him up well for next month’s Commonwealth Games. The T47 athlete, competing within a mixed category race, took 0.11 seconds off his previous best set last year.
His teammates were also in action, under the watchful eye of coach Christian Malcolm in the stands. Jordan Howe followed up his PB in the 200m with a 12.60 (-0.7) clocking over 100m, slightly outside his lifetime best, but a solid start to the year. Rhys Jones fine-tuned his preparations for the Gold Coast with12.10 (-.0.7) whilst James Ledger faced windy conditions for his race, recording a time of 12.00 (-2.3) over 100m.
Double world champion Georgie Hermitage (Paul MacGregor) opened her campaign over the shorter sprints with a third-place finish in the mixed category 100m race, crossing the line in 14.08 (+0.8). That brings the Guildford & Goldalming athletes’ competition to a close, after a strong 200m performance on Monday.
One of the busiest athletes of the event has been Andrew Small (Rick Hoskins) who contested his fourth event in three days at Dubai Club for People with Determination. His time for this one was 17.59 (-1.5) which placed his second behind T33 world champion, Ahmad Almutairi from Kuwait in the contest.
Over in the longer distance events, Hannah Taunton (Charlotte Fisher) won the 1500m, just narrowly outside her PB, stopping the clock at 4:50.77.
Full results from day three can be found here.