World Para Athletics Championships 2019 | DAY 4 AS IT HAPPENED

The 10th November saw a deluge of rain, several broken World Records and Long Jump controversy

By Andrew Binner and ZK Goh
Para Athletics

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 four (Sunday 10th November).

While you're here, you may also want to check out yesterday's blog, where 20 medals were won, including EIGHT world records in the midst of a sandstorm.

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9:41 pm - Championship Record!

After that Italian foul delay, Germany's Leon Shaefer has emerged with the Men's Long Jump T63 gold medal, in a new Championship Record of 6.90m.

Danish jumper Daniel Wagner's Personal Best put him in second, while Japan's Atsushi Yamamoto scooped bronze.

That wraps up the evening's athletics, so we'll see you back here tomorrow for more desert action.

9:38 pm - Davies: Seventh and 'hardest' world title

It's victory for Britain's Aled Davies in the Men's Shot Put F63, with a throw of 15.32m.

Luxembourg's Tom Habscheid set a new F63 World Record of 15.10m to get second, while Sajad Mohammadian of Iran took third.

Davies took a break from celebrating with his fiancee and daughter who have made the trip out, to speak to reporters:

"This is my seventh world title and for sure the hardest.

"I've had so many setbacks since 2017, and my daughter coming along seven weeks ago has made this all a bit of a challenge.

"I'm just glad that that I've managed to stay in one piece, will now go home for Christmas and then it's all focus on Tokyo (2020)."

9:26 pm - Controversy, and delay

We have a big delay in the Men's Long Jump T63 here as Italy's Marco Pentagoni walked back through the sand after his jump.

According to the rules, if an athlete makes a mark in the sand in front of where they landed, they will have fouled.

Yup, it has officially been called a foul, despite the loud protestations of the Italian's coaches. Expect to hear more from this.

Now, back to the competition.

9:14 pm - Jordan for Shot Put gold

A new World Record of 12.17m seals the gold medal in the Men's Soot Put F34 for Jordanian Ahmad Hindi.

Iranian Mehran Nikoeimajd finishes in second with a Personal Best, while Colombia's Mauricio Valencia claims third.

9:11 - Championship Record

Zelijko Dimitrijevic is the Men's Club Throw F51 world champion, after throwing a Championship Record of 33.82m.

Mario Hernandez of Mexico launched his way to silver while RUssian Musa Taymazov took bronze.

For those who haven't heard of this event, the club throw is the Paralympic equivalent of the Olympic hammer throw.

9:00 pm - Lone hope

Israel's only athlete at these Championships, Oleksandr Aliekseienko, has just concluded his competition.

The 2014 European champion, who switched from representing Ukraine to Israel in 2018, threw a best of 8.47m in the F34 shot put. That puts him 10th of 11 throwers so far with one to go.

He also participated in the F34 javelin event, but failed to qualify for the final.


The track finals are over for the day, with only a couple of men's T47 100m heats to go.

But the action remains fierce in the T63 long jump, F34 and F63 shot put, and F51 club throw finals.

In fact, Luxembourg's Tom Habscheid just set a new F63 World Record in the shot put by throwing 15.10, the current leading mark.

8:27 pm - Almutairi leaves it late

Men's 100m T33 reigning world champion Ahmad Almutairi defends his title, but had to come from behind after a slow start.

The Kuwaiti came home in 17.08 seconds, while British pair Andrew Small and Harri Jenkins came second and third respectively.

8:20 pm - Sit back and admire Ktila

Tunisia sprint king Walid Ktila has steamed down the track to take the Men's 100m T34 in 14.99 seconds.

The World Record holder flew out the blocks and it was never in doubt, although Australia's Rheed McCracken did well to stay in touch and win silver.

Local hero Mohamed Alhammadi of UAE came third.

8:11 pm - Thrilling win for Adzhametova

It's a second medal for Leilia Adzhametova of Ukraine, who left it late to win the Women's 100m T13 in 12.19 seconds.

USA's Kym Crosby was fastest out of the blocks but was overtaken in the last 30m and takes second.

Johanna Pretorius of South Africa wins her first major championship medal in bronze.

8:05 pm - Gold for Gurjar

Sundar Gurjar has defended his Men's Javelin F46 title and is wearing and ear-to-ear smile!

His final throw of 61.22m sealed it, with second-placed Sri Lankan Dinesh Herath, who led the whole competition until that point with his only legal throw, opting not to compete in the final round because of injury.

Indian Ajeet Singh takes bronze in his first major championship.

8:00 pm - Pure power from Weyers

With 200m to go, South African World Record holder Arune Weyers Women's eased away from her rivals to claim the Women's 400m T47 title in a Championship Record time of 55.80 seconds.

Lu Li of China scooped second, while Lisbeli Andrade of Venezuela took came third.

7:53 pm - Martins defends title

Daniel Martins, the man they call 'Neymar' due to their similar looks, has won a third-consecutive Men's 400m T20m final.

The Brazilian led from the gun, breaking his own Championship Record in 47.62 seconds.

Colombia's Alexander Colorado took silver, with Venezuelan Luis Rodriguez completing the South American 1-2-3.

7:42 pm - It's gold for Silva

After winning bronze in 2015, it's gold in 2019 for Thalita Simplicio Da Silva in the Women's 400m T11!

It was a gutsy win for the Brazilian, who just overtook a knackered Cuiqing Liu of China on the back straight into top spot. Suneeporn Tanomwong of Thailand took bronze.

7:31 pm - Lyle is the world champ!

Britain's Maria Lyle has breezed to the Women's 100m T35 title.

She won in 14.62 seconds, while Oxana Corso of Italy finished second and Netherlands' Nienke Timmer in third.

This is what Lyle had to say after:

"Considering there was a few technical mistakes in the race, it made me happy to win.

"It's my third world champs, but despite doing well at the Europeans, it's a nice change to take the next step up. I'm buzzing and have been working all season, so everything is worth it.

"After falling out of love with the sport, it's the first champs I've been excited come and race, so enjoyment has been the big thing."

7:21 pm - Mechanical engineer sets World Record!

James Turner has broken the World Record en route to victory in the Men's 100m T37, in 11.72 seconds.

After a slow start, the Australian overtook Yifei Yang of China (silver), to add the 100m world title to his 200m, 400m and 800m titles.

Former World Record holder, Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi of Malaysia finished in bronze.

We spoke to Turner after, who revealed the secret to his success:

"It was over so quickly and everything went exactly to plan.

"I only found out it was a World Record when the Canadians told me!

"Hard and smart work was the key."

7:11 pm - Ninth gold for China!

Unsurprisingly, Xiaoyan Wen's Round One World Record of 5.22m was good enough to win gold in the Women's Long Jump T37.

Jaleen Roberts of USA finished with the silver, while Poland's Marta Piotrowska recorded a Season's Best for bronze.

7:10 pm - New WORLD RECORD in the shot put

Jordan's Ahmad Hindi, the current world record holder in the men's shot put F34, has extended his own best mark.

He added 0.1m to his previous best with his final throw of six, and currently leads the competition with 12.17m.

6:50 pm - Herath leading subcontinent battle

Dinesh Herath is currently leading the Men's Javelin F46 final by a whisker.

After two rounds, the Sri Lankan is leading by less than a metre, with Indians Ajeet Singh, Sundar Gurjar and Rinku Rinku in second, third and fourth respectively.

Since Herath won bronze at the Rio Paralympics, he's been locked in a rivalry with Gurjar – Gurjar won the 2017 World title, before Herath claimed the 2018 Asian Para Games gold last year.

6:37 pm - Rozario qualifies for the final... just!

Women's 1500m T53/54 World Record holder Madison de Rozario has qualified for the final, finishing third in a photo finish.

Olympic Channel Podcast recently spoke to the Australian about online harassment, and you can catch that fascinating episode below.

6:10 pm - More gold for China imminent?

China's Xiaoyan Wen has just broken her own Women's Long Jump T37 World Record in her first attempt, leaping 5.22m.

She had a big boost from the wind, with a +1.7 m/s tailwind just inside the legal limit for records to count.

6:03 pm - China ahead

China are well out in front with 20 medals (8 gold), while Ukraine (12 medals, 4 gold) and Brazil (8 medals, 4 gold), are their closest competitors at the moment.

Medal table

5:44 pm - World Records!

South Africa's Mpumelelo Mhlongo was also in the mood this morning, setting a new T44 world's best time of 11.09 seconds in his Men's 100m T64 heat.

Other World Records went to Ukraine's Roman Danyliuk, who won the Men's Shot Put F12 final with a 16.69m throw, and Germany's Johannes Floors, who broke the T62 100m world record in 10.54 seconds.

5:32 pm - Where desert meets the rain

Welcome to Day 4 of the World Para Athletics, where we've experienced more strange weather today.

Dubai, which typically receives just a week of rain a year, experienced a deluge over lunch today, which has thankfully now passed.

The morning medal events were not too greatly affected, with British five-time Paralympic champ Hannah Cockroft winning the Women's 100m T34 final in a World Record of 16.77 seconds.


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