World Para Athletics Championships 2019 | Day 1 As It Happened

The World Para Athletics Championships began on Thursday 7th November in Dubai, U.A.E.

By Andrew Binner and ZK Goh

Olympic Channel are on site at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Keep this blog bookmarked to see the all the latest news, videos, and updates from the desert.

The evening session on day one (Thursday 7th November) saw the first medals won in Men's discus F52, Men's long jump T12, Men's shot put F55, Women's Javelin Throw F54, Women's 400m T13, Men's Shot Put F11, Men's 1500m T13, Men's 1500m T46, Men's 800m T36 and Men's 100m T51.

Scroll down for all the text commentary and updates from the opening day, as it happened.

And click here for the full day two live blog on Friday 8th November.

You can watch the Championships on Olympic Channel. Please note coverage is subject to territorial restrictions and may not be available in your territory.

All times below are Dubai time (UTC +4 hours). Latest updates first. Please refresh the page for latest updates.

10:56 pm - Good night!

....and breathe! A hectic night of medals, delight, and disqualification drama comes to an end.

We'll be back tomorrow, with the evening action beginning an hour earlier at 6 pm in Dubai.

10:40 pm - Nigeria strike gold

The tenth and final medal of the evening goes to Flora Ugwunwa in the Women's Javelin F54, with a Season's Best throw of 18.38m.

The Nigerian beat second-placed Hania Aidi from Tunisia, while China's Liwan Yang took third.

10:29 pm - More disqualification drama

The final track event of the evening saw Russia's Fedor Rudakov disqualified for receiving too much aid from his guide in the Men's 1500m T11 Round 1 Heat, after finishing third initially.

His guide, Vladimir Miasnikov, boosted his partner using the tether that links the two athletes, and they will take no further part in the event.

10:23 pm - Olad just too good

Iran's Mahdi Olad is the 2019 Men's Shot Put F11 world champion, with a throw of 14.44m.

Croatia's Miljenko Vucic set a Personal Best of 14.42m for second whil Alessandro Da Silva took bronze.

10:00 pm - Flying Fin seals first place

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's **Finland's Toni Piispanen!

The burly sprinter storms to the Men's 100m T51 title with a new Championship Record** of 20.33 seconds.

Belgium's Peter Genyn and Mexican Sanchez Navarro are second and third respectively.

That concludes the evening's medal events on the track.

9:58 pm - Britain open gold account

Paralympic 400m T36 champion Paul Blake has taken the Men's 800m T36 final in a time of 2:07:44.

Fun fact: Blake's father, also called Paul, is an actor best-known for playing the part of Greedo the bounty hunter in Star Wars.

Algerian Sid Ali Bouzourine won silver, with Spain's Jose Pampano pipping his countryman Jose Gonzalez to the bronze.

9:54 pm - Ruzhdi claims Shot Put top spot

More success for Bulgaria as Ruzhdi Ruzhdi edges the Men's Shot Put F55 final, with a throw of 12.25m.

Poland's Lech Stoltman finished second, just three centimeters behind the winner, while Croatia's Nebojsa Duric came third.

9:44 pm - Championship Record!

Bulgaria's Hristiyan Stoyanov sprints down the back straight to claim the Men's 1500m T46 gold medal with a new meet record of 5:50:87.

Australia's Michael Roeger came second, while Ugandan David Emong took third.

Wait.....drama! Roeger and Emong have both been disqualified!

With 150m to go, the pair clipped each other and have paid the price. Fourth and fifth have taken their places.

New final standings:

1) Hristiyan Stoyanov (BUL)

2) Aleksandr Iaremchuk (RUS)

3) Gemechu Dinsa (Ethiopia)

There's despair in the Aussie camp, seeing that silver slip away.

9:41 pm - Apinis is the world champion

The Latvian with the large lats, Aigars Apinis, is the Men's Discus F52 world champion, with a best throw of 21.05m.

Poland took second and third via. Piotr Kosewicz and Robert Jachimowicz respectively.

9:30 pm - Podcast: How a phone call turned Lacey Henderson into a Paralympian

Paralympic long jumper Lacey Henderson seemed like a dead cert for Rio 2016. But some personal issues came up and her performance dipped. One phone call changed all that. Lacey is a cancer surviving amputee with a great sense of humour. Below, the American shares her story.

9:06 pm - Saliev leaps to gold

What a night for Uzbekistan's Doniyor Saliev, whose Championship Record leap of 7.44m sealed the Men's T12 Long Jump final.

Malaysia's Kar Gee Wong claimed silver, with Azerbaijan's Kamil Aliyev in bronze.

9:00 pm - We spoke to Clifford after the race, who thought he would run out of puff!

"I heard them coming, I thought I was going to get caught. I thought I'd gone a little bit too early and might not have enough gears in the last 100m, but when I crossed that line it was an unbelievable feeling. I just screamed!"

On breaking his own World Record:

"It's a good feeling, but in a championship you just want to get to the line first."

I've been waiting for this moment since I can remember - I've seen all my training partners winning medals and I wanted to join them."

After that, the clearly exhausted athlete needed to be sick - which happens often with sprinters after their race - but congratulations to a man that deserves a well-earned break!

Clifford also revealed that he wasn't running with his normal goggles, as they were stolen at a training camp in Barcelona last week.

Men's 1500m T13 World Champion Jaryd Clifford

8:53 pm - World Record!

Jaryd Clifford has claimed the Men's 1500m T13 gold medal!

The Australian was pushed right until the finish line, setting a new T12 World Record of 3:47.78.

Russian Anton Kuliatin finished second, with Abdellatif Baka of Algeria taking third.

8:28 pm - Kosewicz's name echos through the stands

Those Polish fans can be heard again, this time repeating the name Piotr Kosewicz, who temporarily took the Discus F52 final.

But their joy was short-lived, as Latvia's Aigars Apinis, who has a better lifetime best than Kosewicz, has stormed into the lead with a huge 21.05m throw.

8:06 pm - First medal won

Huge screams from the crowd as Rayane Soares Da Silva becomes the Women's 400m T13 World Champion in 57.30 seconds, a new Personal Best.

Her Brazilian teammates have gone wild in the stands, and rightly so - what a performance!

Portugal's Carolina Duarte wins silver and Leilia Adzhametova of Ukraine, bronze.

8:05 pm - Disqualification!

Drama as Sanaa Benhama, the triple Paralympic champion, is disqualified for a false start in the Women's 400m T13 final.

8:03 pm - The 400m starter's position

Ever wondered where the race starter stands? Let's hope those wheels are clamped down when the gun goes off...

The starter's position

8:00 pm - Doniyor still out in front

Morocco's Rahhali Omari Nabil launches far into the pit below, but new Championship record holder Saliev Doniyor retains his lead in the Long Jump T12 final.


Uzbekistan's Doniyor Saliev has just leaped 7.44m to set a new championship record in the Men's T12 Long Jump. He was just 0.03 off the World Record. The old championship record had stood since 2006, when Hilton Langenhoven of South Africa – who's also in this final – jumped 7.19m.

7:30 pm - Polish athletes enjoying the most support

There's almost 4000 miles between Poland and Dubai, but that hasn't stopped these fans from making the trip over. Perhaps the weather was a deal-clincher.

In any case, they're loud, proud, and easily making the most noise in the stands.

Polish fans in fine voice

7:18 pm - Seated throws

While in most throwing competitions, athletes take turns to throw, in the seated throws such as the men's F52 discus and F55 shot put, athletes are strapped in to their throwing chairs and therefore take all six of their attempts before the next athlete.

7:10 pm - Did you know?

You can set a World Record in the Shot Put without winning gold!

That is because both F55 and F54 athletes compete in the same field, so an F54 athlete could set a new World Record, but finish outside the medals if the F55 athletes out-throw them.

7:00 pm - Cool breeze

We might be in the desert here, but there's a cool breeze blowing across the stadium as we begin with the Championships' first medal final, the men's discuss throw F52.

It's certainly helping, given we experienced 33°C heat earlier this afternoon.

The wind is a tailwind for the track 100m and 200m athletes, so we'll keep an eye on whether the wind assistance invalidates any records. Conversely, the long jumpers are jumping into a headwind.

6:50 pm - Everything you need to know...

The first three events this evening are all medal finals.

7:00 pm - Men's Discus Throw F52
7:03 pm - Men's Long Jump T12
7:06 pm - Men's Shot Put F55

In the meantime, you'll find all the key statistics and information about the next seven days of action below.

6:38 pm - It's time for the first medals!

Good evening to everyone in the Middle East, and hello to other followers from around the world!

Welcome to Day 1 of the World Para Athletics Championships 2019, where the first qualifying events took place this morning.

The Opening Ceremony has concluded and now it's time for some action.

Ten medals will be won over the next four hours, so stay up-to-date with all the action by refreshing this page.


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