World Para Athletics Championships 2019 | DAY 6 AS IT HAPPENED

There's 23 world titles up for grabs today in Dubai, and this is the place to follow all the action!

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 six (Tuesday 12th November).

While you're here, you may also want to check out yesterday's blog, which documented possibly the most closely contested action yet, including several photo finishes.

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

We've got you covered here too! Just scroll down for all the text commentary and updates.

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

9:30 pm - Until tomorrow

Another breathless night on the track and in the field comes to a close, but don't forget to tune back in to tomorrow's blog, where another 23 medals will be won and lots.

Goodnight from Dubai!

9:25 pm - Championship Record!

What a fitting end the the evening.

Colombian Mauricio Valencia has secured the Men's Javelin F34 gold medal with a Champ Record throw of 35.25m.

Yanzhang Wang of China threw to silver, while Iraq's Hussein Khafaji took bronze with a Personal Best effort.

9:15 pm - Three-peat for Tlili

World record holder Raoua Tlili has won the F41 discus for the third time running, breaking her own Championship Record in the process.

The Tunisian's third-round effort of 34.48m, just 0.2m off her world record, was good enough for gold.

Morocco's Youssra Karim won silver, while Niamh McCarthy of Ireland won bronze.

It was a mixed-class event, with Poland's Renata Sliwinska breaking her own F40 world record with a new best of 24.65m.

8:38 pm - Photo finish!

It's a USA one-two as ten-time world champ Raymond Martin edges compatriot Gianfranco Iannotta to the Men's 100m T52 gold medal.

Martin didn't trouble his World Record, finishing in 16.88 seconds, and used all of his experience not to panic as Iannotta flew out of the blocks in first place.

Tomoya Ito, of new World Championships and Paralympic hosts Japan, finishes third.

That concludes the track finals for the evening.

8:35 pm - Hahn breaks own World Record

It's a nervy start which as the athletes have to line-up three times.

But Sophie Hahn of Great Britain has stayed cool as a cucumber to defend her Women's 100m T38, and break her own World Record in 12.38 seconds!

Hungary's Luca Ekler took second place with a Personal Best, while Rhiannon Clark of Australia takes home bronze.

Hahn, who typically performs well in warmer environments, had this to say about her World Record:

"I've worked so hard for this, it's been a long season.

"I didn't think I had a World Record in me, I just wanted to win and get the gold, and the record was a bonus as the conditions were perfect tonight."

8:27 pm - Low: Really happy to bring home gold for my new country

Women's Long Jump T61 World Record holder and Paralympic champ Vanessa Low has won the T63 world title.

The Australian athlete (who formerly represented Germany) won with 4.68m.

Belgian Gitte Haenen launched herself to silver, with Japan's Tomomi Tozawa taking bronze with her final jump.

Low spoke to reporters after about her lengthy lay off, and winning medals for her new country:

"That was a tough one. I really had to fight and really had to dig deep and show my training.

"The pressure was a bit different as I haven't been on the international stage for so long, competing with world-class competitors.

"Unfortunately I couldn't show my Personal Best, but I was really happy to get the win and bring home gold for my new country. Australia is the most amazing country with very kind people, and my amazing husband."

Fun fact: There is a drawing of a kangaroo in Aboriginal design on each of Vanessa Low's blades, designed by Low herself

8:20 pm - UPSET!

Brittni Mason has dethroned her USA teammate Deja Young, winning the Women's 100m T47 with a new World Record of 11.89 seconds!

In a star-studded line up, reigning world and Paralympic champion Young was the heavy favourite, but despite closing the gap in the final 10m, couldn't reel in her compatriot.

South African 400m World Record holder Anrune Weyers came third with a new African Record.

8:12 pm - Podium sweep for Brazil

Petrucio Ferreira, the man with the fantastic pre-race dance, has exploded to the Men's 100 T47 title in 10.44 seconds.

Junior Washington took silver, with Yohansson Nascimento in bronze.

Here comes the samba celebration, followed by some Usain Bolt poses, and now prayers.

8:06 pm - Pure power from Bensusan

It's a second world title in Dubai for Germany's Irmgard Bensusan, who has won the Women's 100m T64 in 12.86 seconds.

It's a Dutch two-three on the podium, thanks to T64 athletes Marlene van Gansewinkel and Kimberly Alkemade respectively.

It's great to see all three athletes sharing a hug after - clearly all good friends.

7:57 pm - Championship Record

World Record holder Salum Kashafali has added the Men's 100m T12 Championship Record and World title to his impressive resume.

The Norwegian, originally a refugee from DR Congo who lost his sight through a degenerative condition, finished in 10.54 seconds.

Brazilians Joeferson Marinho and Fabricio Barros claimed silver and bronze respectively.

Salum Kashafali proudly displays the flag of his adopted home, Norway.

7:50 pm - Gold for Durand again!

We've run out of superlatives for this incredible athlete.

Cuban World Record holder Omara Durand has won the Women's 200m T12 in 23.57 seconds, to claim her eleventh world title.

Adiaratou Forneiro sealed silver for Spain, with Ukraine's Oksana Boturchuk winning bronze.

Durand spoke afterward about becoming a 'Paralympic icon':

"The race was really good, specially because there was a lot of competitiveness. We can see a progress in the Paralympic movement.

"Now, after finishing the worlds, I’m going to take a rest and then later just focus on a good preparation for Tokyo. I think so, I can have very good results at the Paralympics.

"I think that I am an icon of the Paralympic movement in Cuba. Through us (the athletes) there is a boom of the sport and there are a lot of women who get inspired by seeing how I compete."

7:40 pm - Gharbi retains title

Yassine Gharbi shows all of his explosive power to leave his rivals at 150m, en route to the Men's 400m T54 gold medal.

The Tunisian finished in 46.06 seconds, which is outside of his Championship Record.

China's Yong Zhang finishes in second, while Team GB's Richard Chiassaro comes third.

7:25 pm - Another hat-trick, this time for Zou!

Lihong Zou has also won her THIRD medal of these world champs, claiming the Women's 400m T54 in 53.28 seconds to go with her 800m and 1500m victories.

The Chinese blasted out the blocks and never looked like losing from there.

Amanda McGrory of the USA took second, with Eliza Ault-Connell in third.

7:21 pm - Lakatos holds on for medal No.3

Men's 800m T53 World Record holder Brent Lakatos lead from start to finish to claim the gold medal in 1:40:59.

The Canadian had to withstand a late surge from Thailand's Pongsakorn Paeyo, who took silver by less than a second.

Bronze went to Korean Byunghoon Yoo.

We spoke exclusively to Lakatos after, who said he has SIX gold medals on the mind at Tokyo 2020.

"The goal was to keep him (Paeyo) in the whole race and maintain the speed of the pack, before finishing strong.

"The schedule is really tough here with so many events back-to-back, but lots of people are in the same boat.

"I'm going to try and do six events at Tokyo 2020 including the Marathon and the goal is to win them all!"

7:10 pm - More gold for China

China's Na Mi has won the Women's Discus F38 in a Championship Record (F37) of 37.50m.

Simone Kruger's F38 World Record of 33.91m secured her the silver, while bronze went to Canadian Renee Foessel with a new Continental Record.

The crowd certainly go their money's worth with all the records broken there!

7:09 pm - THIRD world title for De Rozario

Madison de Rozario made a huge overtake with one lap to go in the Women's 800m T53, and simply increased her lead from there.

The Australian has won in a Championship Record time of 1:52.15, with Swiss Catherine Debrunner in second and China's Hongzhuan Zhou in third.

De Rozario revealed her pre-race tactics to reporters after:

"You can't second guess yourself with the 800m, just commit to your decisions.

"I saw a gap and kicked a little earlier than usual, but we finished strong.

"This will be one of my events, alongside the 1500m (in which she is the World Record holder) and the Marathon, for Tokyo 2020."

7:03 pm - Podcast: How a phone call turned Lacey Henderson into a Paralympian

The Women's Long Jump T63 is up next, where Lacey Henderson will compete.

Olympic Channel Podcast recently had a fascinating chat with her about surviving cancer. You can listen to the episode, in which she demonstrates her great sense of humour, below.

6:56 pm - Golden run from Adzhametova

Leilia Adzhametova is the Women's 200m T13 World Champion with a time of 24.35 seconds.

The Ukrainian eased away down the back straight to win her third medal of the champs, while Rayane Soares Da Silva of Brazil scoops silver and Kym Crosby ducks to edge the bronze medal.

6:50 pm - Brazil in the medals!

Brazilian Jerusa Geber dos Santos wins the Women's 100m T11 in 11.80 seconds - her first major medal.

China's Cuiqing Liu took second, with Geber's compatriot Lorena Salvatini in third.

Reigning World Champion Guohua Zhou had a bad start and fell to fourth position.

6:41 pm - China out in front

China have won 15 gold medals in Dubai so far, with Ukraine (8), Brazil (7), Team GB (6) and Russia (4) all snapping at their heals.

Medal table (in order of gold medals won)

6:23 pm - World Record for Superlative Sepulveda

Chile's Francisca Mardones Sepulveda has thrown a giant 8.19m World Record to take the lead in the Women's Shot Put F54.

In this event, athletes take all six of their attempts consecutively in their throwing seats, before the next athlete comes up.

6:20 pm - Fourteen-year-old breaks World Record!

South African teenager Simone Kruger has broken the Women's Discus F38 World Record with a Round One throw of 33.23m!

She currently sits in second overall, one behind China's Na Mi (F37), who has set a Championship Record of 36.31m.

UPDATE (7:01 pm) - Kruger has extended that new WR to 33.91m on her fifth throw. Meanwhile, Mi's extended her own F37 CR to 37.50m.

6:15 pm - World Record holder out!

Lucas Prado from Brazil has blitzed down the track to win the Men's 100m T11 semi-final in a Championship Record of 11.02 seconds.

It's going to be a nervous wait for World Record holder David Brown of the USA who could only manage third place. He'll be watching the next semi-final closely, in the hope that he is fast enough to qualify for the final with 11.25 seconds.

....and he's out! Timothee Adolphe of France wins the heat, with second-placed Dongdong Di joining him in the final, as they both set faster times than Brown thanks to a massive +3.8 m/s tailwind. That also means Adolphe's time, which was better than Prado's, will not count as a new Championship Record.

6:00 pm - The Adams family

Kicking us off this evening are two Women's medal events in the Discus F38 and the Shot Put F54.

Recently-crowned Shot Put F37 World Champion Lisa Adams from New Zealand lines up in the Discus F38. She is coached by big sister and double Olympic champion Valerie. Not a bad individual to take your throwing tips from!

5:45 pm - Welcome back!

Hello from a perfect evening in the Gulf, where we are currently enjoying cooler 28°C / 83°F temperatures. It's another clear and windy night in Dubai.

This good weather no doubt played its part in some World Record-breaking feats this morning.

China's Pengxiang Sun secured world-leading figures of 37.89m to win the Men's Javelin F41, while the Brazilian bullet Petrucio Ferreira won the Men's 100m T47 semi-finals in 10.42 seconds.


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