14th March 2018


Four British athletes too to the field of play on day two of the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai, with the throwers taking centre stage.

Vanessa Wallace (coach: Alison O’Riordan) was triumphant in the F34 Shot Put, marking her first event of the season in the discipline with a throw of 7.27m. It’s a solid start to the year for the Lee Valley-based athlete, who placed fifth in the world final last year. This adds to her lifetime best she set in the javelin yesterday.

After a personal best in the shot put yesterday, Wallace’s training partner Taz Nicholls (O’Riordan) followed that up with a victory in the mixed class F44-46 Discus, winning with a best effort of 42.51m.

Elsewhere, Sabrina Fortune (Ian Robinson) opened her season in the F20 shot put, winning the mixed category event with a best effort of 10.81m which came in round five.

After two races the previous day, there was no rest for Andrew Small (Rick Hoskins) on the track as he competed over 400m on the second day of competition. He crossed the line in 1:04.25 over the distance; he only has the 100m – his primary focus – to come later this week.

Full results from day two can be found here.