World Para Athletics Championships 2019  | DAY 3 AS IT HAPPENED

It's a bumper day of action on 9th November, with 25 medals up for grabs. Stay up to date here!

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 on day three (Saturday 9th November).

While you're here, you may also want to check out yesterday's blog, where 12 medals were won, including two World Records in one event!

Let's get to it!

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

9:37 pm - What a night!

Sandstorms, multiple World Records, and drama were the hallmarks of another amazing night of entertainment in Dubai.

Join us again at 6 pm local time for 14 more medal finals! Good night from us and see you tomorrow.

9:30 pm - Kiara with the 25th gold of the night

Ecuador's Rodriguez Kiara has taken gold in the Women's Long Jump T47 with a leap of 5.52m.

New Zealander Anna Grimaldi's Season's Best was good enough for silver, while Russian Aleksandra Moguchaia took bronze.

9:16 pm - World Record number 8!

Algeria's Nassima Saifi is the latest to become the best ever in her event, with a 35.76m World Record in the Women's Discus F57.

China's Mian Xu set an Asian record in second, while Saifi's compatriot Safia Djelal came third.

9:12 pm - Koval for the win

Ukraine's great tournament has continued in the form of a gold medal for Maksym Koval in the Men's Shot Put F20.

He threw a continental record of 17.11m.

Silver went to Malaysian Muhammad Zolkefli, whith Greece's Efstratios Nikolaidis in bronze.

8:36 pm - Good news for Japan!

It's a Men's 400m T52 one-two finish for the Tokyo 2020 hosts, Sato Tomoki taking top spot in 59.25 seconds, and Ito Tomoya in second.

The huge Japanese press contingent have gone wild for that as you'd expect!

USA's Raymond Martin in third.

8:32 pm - Shot gold for Severn!

USA's Scot Severn has won the Men's Shot Put F35 with a huge effort of 7.69m.

He pipped Iran's Alireza Mokhtari into second, while Syrian Alaa Abdulsalam came third.

8:25 pm - Pongsakorn with the golden wheels

Paeyo Pongsakorn has beaten a strong field to claim gold in the Men's 400m T53, in 48:08 seconds.

The Thai sprinter held off the challenge of Canada's back-to-back 100m world champ Brent Lakatos, who came second.

Third place went to Shaoqiao Yang of China.

8:16 pm - Catherine Debrunner is back from her break with a bang!

Following Rio 2016, Debrunner took a two year break from athletics to qualify for a teacher.

The Swiss will be able to return to the classroom after Dubai with a great story: She has just won her first Women's 400m T53 world title in a time of 56.74 seconds.

It was a China silver with Hongzhuan Zhou and Hamide Doganguan of Turkey in third.

8:10 pm - Russia one-two and World Record

Andrei Vdovin has blistered round the track to smash his own World Record in the Men's 400m T37, with 50.45 seconds.

That's the seventh World Record of the night!

His compatriot Chermen Kobesov sealed silver in the final straight, with two-time Paralympic champion Charl Du Toit from South Africa in third.

8:00 pm - Romanchuk pips Paralympic champion

USA's Daniel Romanchuk, who made five first-round exits at Rio 2016, has won his first track world title in the Men's 800m T54. He finished in 1:32:81.

Possibly the greatest wheelchair racer of his generation Marcel Hug had to settle for silver, while Yong Zhang of China clinched third.

That was arguably the most competitive track race of the night, with a full line up of national champions.

Romanchuk, the world marathon champion by virtue of his London Marathon win in July, and Hug were both in action on the road as recently as Sunday, when the American won the New York City Marathon.

After his 800m win, the 21-year-old told Olympic Channel about his turnaround from the road to the track, and which events he's planning for at Tokyo 2020.

7:50 pm - Gold for Zou

Women's 800m T54 gold goes to China's Lihong Zou in 1:48:26, leading from start to finish.

USA athletes Amanda McGrory and Susannah Scaroni took silver and bronze respectively.

The Mauritian fans were really making their voices heard there, shouting 'allez, allez', in support of their girl Marie Alphonse, who came home in fifth place.

7:41 pm - Ktila claims T34 gold

Walid Ktila of Tunisia in the seeded lane five, who set the T34 400m world record in qualification here, pulls ahead early.

No one can quite catch up as the Tunisian takes the final bend in the lead and he drives home in 50.54, which is outside his CR time.

Still, he'll be content with gold.

There's joy for the home contingent as the UAE's Mohamed Alhammadi takes silver in 51.11 and there's a personal best for China's Wang Yang in third (52.84).

7:33 pm - Championship Record

Paralympic 100m silver medallist Petrucio Ferreira dos Santos of Brazil is the new Men's 400m T47 World Champion, with 47.87 seconds.

His compatriot Thomaz de Moraes closed the gap in the final straight but could only manage second, while Morocco continued their fine evening on the track through Ayoub Sadni's bronze.

Ferreira has had an old hunting-style hat placed on his head in celebration. Why not?!

7:31 pm - Aussie gold in javelin

World Record holder Corey Anderson improved his own mark to 56.28m to win the Men's Javelin F38.

The top four finishers all broke their continental records, with Oleksandr Doroshenko of Ukraine in second and South Africa's Reinhardt Hamman in third.

7:28 pm - Ekler takes gold

Luca Ekler is now European and World Champion after winning the Women's Long Jump T38.

It was a monumental effort from the Hungarian, who had to break her own Championship Record en route to victory - with new figures of 5.31m.

Unlucky Russian Margarita Goncharova finished with silver, while Britain's Olivia Breen sealed bronze.

7:23 pm - Nambala just holds on

Namibia have opened their gold medal account in Dubai through Johannes Nambala in the Men's 400m T13.

It's his second gold medal in this event, with a time of 48.73 seconds.

Russians Egor Sharov and Aleksandr finished second and third respectively.

We caught up with Nambala after the race:

"It's a big thing to win that for my country.

"I'm very proud as I've been struggling to win this title again. I wasn't feeling pressure as I've been training hard.

"Hopefully the World Record will come at Tokyo 2020."

7:09 pm - Dutch delight for Hertog

Ronald Hertog has knicked it on the line in the Men's 200m T64 - his first track gold medal with 22.20 seconds.

The Dutchman has also won medals in javelin and long jump.

Michail Seitis, a travel TV star alongside is brother in Greece, was agonisingly pipped into second, with American David Prince in third.

7:00 pm - Another race, ANOTHER World Record!

Reigning world and Paralympic champion Shi Yiting has defended her Women's 200m T36 title.

The Chinese smashed her World Record from this morning in 28.21 seconds!

Second-placed Danielle Aitchison (New Zealand) and third-placed Yanina Martinez (Argentina) both set Continental Records too.

That was the fourth World Record of the day!

6:55 pm - From despair to elation, and a new World Record!

After a false start, which saw a red card and, understandably, tears for Iraq's Idrees Al-Zaidi, as well as a delay due to the call to prayer, tensions were high in the Men's 200m T35 final.

Unperturbed, Paralympic champion Ihor Tsvietov boomed out of the blocks to set a new World Record of 23.04 seconds.

In fact, the top three finishers beat the old World Record, with Russians Dimitrii Safronov in silver and Artem Kalashian in bronze.

6:43 pm - Photo finish World Record

In his first major championship, Morocco's Abdeslam Hili has set a new World Record of 47.79 seconds in the Men's 400m T12 final!

And what a way to do it: It was a 1-2 podium for the north African country, with Hili pipping former World Champion, Mahdi Afri, in a photo finish.

Oguz Akbulut claimed bronze.

Abdeslam Hili of Morocco poses after winning the Men's 400m T12

6:38 pm - Eckler is in the mood!

After losing her Championship Record from the first round, Hungarian world record holder Luca Ekler has set ANOTHER CR with her fourth attempt.

She now leads the Women's Long Jump T38 by 20cm, with 5.30m.

6:35 pm - NINTH world title for Durand

World record holder Omara Durand justified her early hype by winning the Women's 400m T12 in emphatic fashion.

The Cuban was way out in front by 250m, finishing with figures of 52.85 seconds. She missed out on breaking her own Championship Record by 0.1 secs.

Ukraine's Oksana Boturchuk finished second, while Greilyz Villarroel of Venezuela claimed third.

We spoke to Durand after the race, who said this:

"I'm very happy to qualify for Tokyo 2020."

"Right now it's very important for Cuba that we participate here, Cuba is a country that still needs to develop more the Paralympic sport, but you need also to value what there is already, and we always do our best for our nation and for that reason I think we'll do well. "

6:10 pm - Early records smashed

True to form in Dubai this event, new Championship Records have been made in Round 1 of two field events!

The first was for Luis Fernando Lucumi of Colombia, who threw 54.23m, aided by a serious tail wind in the Men's Javelin F38 final. And that is broken just seconds later by the world record holder Corey Anderson of Australia, who smashes his own best mark by throwing 56.28!

The second was for Hungarian world record holder Luca Ekler in the Women's Long Jump T38 final, who jumped 5.09m, jumping into the headwind. Wow.

But now Ekler's CR is gone too! Margarita Goncharova of Russia has out jumped her by an inch with 5.10 m! Incredibly, Goncharova had to contend with a 2.6 metre/second headwind. If that had been a tailwind, that would be excessive wind assistance. Very impressive!

5:51 pm - Rain, rain, stay away

It's actually been raining in parts of the United Arab Emirates today, although we've remained dry here in Dubai.

The sun has set now and the call to prayer is echoing around the city, as the weather starts to cool down a touch.

It's a very dusty and sandy night but let's hope it stays dry for the athletes!

Visibility could become an issue though.

The visibility deteriorates in Dubai

5:49 pm - A mammoth day of medals in store

There's a whopping 20 gold medals on offer this evening, including the first three events to start:

Men's Javelin F38
Men's Shot Put F53
Women's Long Jump T38

5:45 pm - Sister power!

Hello, 'marhabaan' to our local Arabic followers, and welcome back to the World Para Athletics.

The top story from this morning is that New Zealand's Lisa Adams, the younger sister of two-time Olympic champion Valerie, won the Women's Shot Put F37.

Happily, her proud older sister was present in Dubai to give Lisa a big hug!


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