World Para Athletics Championships 2019 | DAY 7 AS IT HAPPENED

A re-cap of the 23 world titles won in Dubai, 13th November.

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 seven (Wednesday 13th November).

While you're here, you may also want to check out yesterday's blog, where Brittni Mason's huge upset headlined the 23 medals that were won.

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9:10 pm - Tune in tomorrow morning

That's a wrap for tonight.

Don't forget, we will be opening the blog a lot earlier than usual tomorrow, in order to bring you the morning session and it's 10 medal finals.

See you then!

9:00 pm - Double Paralympic champ shows her class

China's Yao Juan has taken the Women's Shot Put F64 title with a throw of 10.90m.

Faustyna Kotlowska of Poland left it until the final round to secure her silver medal, with a Continental Rocord of 9.71m.

Czech thrower Martina Simonova took third place.

8:51 pm - The legend of Genyn keeps growing

Belgium's Peter Genyn has won the Men's 200m T51 gold medal in 37.90 seconds, in what is a fourth world title for the former rugby player!

The man pushing him right to the end was Finland's Toni Piispanen, who takes home silver.

Algeria's Mohamed Berrahal takes bronze with an African Record, to finish the evening's track finals.

8:36 pm - Another Brazilian victory

What a day it's been for the South American Para Athletics giants.

Joao Teixeira de Souza is the latest Brazilian to win gold, setting a new Continental Record of 52.76m in the Men's Discus F37.

Haider Ali of Pakistan takes home silver, while Australia's Guy Henly has the bronze.

8:31 pm - Townsend-Roberts leaps to gold

This evening's first medal event has finally finished, and it's Roderick Townsend-Roberts who has scooped top spot in the Men's High Jump T47.

The American jumped 2.03m, while a Season's Best of 2.00 ensured Chen Hongjie of China took home silver.

India's Nishad Kumar wins bronze.

8:24 pm - Young back on top

Deja Young has retained her Women's 200m T47 title in a Championship Record of 24.47 seconds.

Young lost to compatriot Brittni Mason last night in the 100m, who could only manage fourth place here.

Silver went to Anrune Weyers with a new Continental Record, while Venezuelan Lisbeli Vera Andrade scooped bronze.

Young told reporters after how difficult it was to prepare for this race with last night's loss still very fresh in her memory.

"I'm most please with overcoming myself.

"It was hard for me today and this morning I couldn't get out of bed. The tears just kept coming and I was really upset.

"But I'm really happy it was another U.S. athlete on the podium with me."

8:21 pm - Vdovin is the champion of champions

In a field of seven major championship champions, it's Andrei Vdovin that's emerged as the Men's 200m T37 winner!

The Russian finished with a Season's Best of 22.60 seconds, while Vitor de Jesus of Brazil set a Continental Record in second and Russia's Chermen Kobesov finished third.

8:17 pm - Rehm wins long jump gold

Markus Rehm of Germany is the T64 long jump world champion!

He fouls his final jump but his fifth-round 8.17m will be enough.

France's Dimitri Pavade is second; Mhlongo third.

Rehm told reporters after, about his desire to compete with Olympic athletes in future events.

"I wanted to jump further, but I did well considering the conditions, where the headwind was changing directions. Hopefully Tokyo (2020 Paralympics) will have more consistent conditions, and we can do some big jumps.

"I'm not giving up on competing (in the IAAF events). My goal is to bring Olympic and Paralympic athletes closer together. It didn't work for Rio (2016), but I hope we can have another conversation about competing together. I'll keep fighting for that.

"The excitement building in Tokyo is the biggest motivation for me, so it's no problem that there's a late end to this season. I'll have a holiday after Tokyo."

Markus Rehm of Germany celebrates his Long Jump win

8:15 pm - Kumar hangs on

Over in the high jump, after two failures at 2.00m, Nishad Kumar clears it on his final attempt - yet another personal best for the Indian!

Chen Hongjie, who passed at 1.97m, also successfully went over at 2.00m.

So three men are left at 2.03m. Roderick Townsend-Roberts wobbles the bar but clears it!

8:14 pm - New T44 World Record!

Moumelelo Mhlongo has broken his own T44 long jump world record!

On his sixth and final jump, the South African records 7.07m to surpass his old mark by 0.04m and move into third in the T64 long jump final.

The man he displaced out of third, Felix Streng, can't improve on that in his final jump so Mhlongo has bronze!

8:09 pm - Wahoram holds on for gold

Thailand's Prawat Wahoram's lung-busting back-straight sprint was just enough to seal gold in the Men's 5000m T54.

The grimace as he went over the line in 10:33.00 shows how much that took out of him!

Wheelchair legend Marcel Hug of Switzerland took silver by 0.10 of a second, while China's Zhang Yong finished third.

8:04 pm - Kumar yet to miss

India's Nishad Kumar, whose previous personal best was 1.92m, has yet to miss a single attempt in the T47 high jump.

He's now cleared 1.97m, easily a new personal high. China's Chen Hongjie has passed at 1.97m and will attempt 2.00m, while Roderick Townsend-Roberts has decided he will now enter at 2.03m.

7:53 pm - World Record wins it for Liu

Chinese Liu Li's 12.05m World Record sealed top spot in the Men's Shot Put F32.

It was an all-Algeria two-three, with Lahouari Bahlaz and Mohamed Amchi taking silver and bronze respectively.

7:50 pm - Zou wins tactical masterclass

Zou Lihong has won her FOURTH gold medal in Dubai, this time in the Women's 5000m T54.

The Chinese made her move on the outside with 350m to go, winning comfortably in 12:12.73 to confirm her domination of the T54 division.

Two seconds later Madison de Rozario from Australia claimed silver, while Harlem-born American Susannah Scaroni took the bronze.

7:47 pm - Four-way fight for high jump gold

Just four men are left in the T47 high jump final. The bar is at 1.94m.

India's Nishad Kumar has yet to miss an attempt and currently leads. Russia's Georgii Margiev is second and China's Chen Hongjie currently third.

Roderick Townsend-Roberts of the U.S. has yet to enter the competition.

7:40 pm - Azizi in golden form

Iran's Behzad Azizi has thrown a huge 65.04m to win the Men's Javelin F13 world title.

Spanish T12 World Record breaker Hector Cabrera Llacer takes second-place overall, while Zhu Pengkai of China's Season Best is good enough for bronze.

7:22 pm - China one-two

Despite almost falling over the line, Wen Xiaoyan has set a Championship Record 13.20 seconds en route to the Women's 100m T37 title.

Compatriot Jiang Fenfen comfortably scoops second place, while French athlete Mandy Francois-Elie takes bronze.

China just keep moving ahead on the medal table.

7:11 pm - EIGHTH world title for the green machine!

Ireland's five-time Paralympic champion Jason Smyth has won the Men's 100m T13 in a time of 10.54 seconds - a Championship Record.

Australia's 'white tiger', and Smyth's biggest rival, Chad Perris seals silver, while Johannes Nambala of Namibia takes bronze.

Smyth spoke to us after, revealing the difficulties of competing so late in the season.

"I'm in my best shape since 2013 and I've still got a lot of room to improve. So there's lots of positives to take going forward.

"These conditions are perfect for sprints, it's not surprising to see all these World Records in these championships.

"The challenge now, with winter around the corner, is to get the timing right for Tokyo (2020).

"If I reflect back this whole (Paralympic) cycle, the first couple of years I put a bit more of a base in and probably not run quite as fast as I could, knowing that this year there is very little winter break."

7:06 pm - Another day, another World Record for Hahn

Heavy pre-race favourite Sophie Hahn has scorched to the Women's 200m T38 title, her THIRD-consecutive gold medal in this event!

The Briton was ahead of the chasing pack by the bend, and broke her own World Record in 25.92 seconds.

Second-place went to Luca Ekler of Hungary, while Australia's Rhiannon Clarke claimed third.

We spoke exclusively to Hahn after, where she addressed the low spectator numbers in Dubai.

"I wasn't expecting the World Record at all, I'm still in shock!

"It's perfect conditions, nice and warm, and can't ask much more than that.

"The lack of crowd is disappointing, but winning the medal is the main thing."

7:02 pm - Refugee representation

The Men's Discus F37 final is about to start, and one athlete to keep an eye on is Shahrad Nasajpour: The only Refugee Para Team athlete here in Dubai.

Originally of Iran, he's now based in Arizona.

6:57 pm - Liu beats Brazilian rivals in photo finish!

They don't come closer than that! Liu Cuiqing has won the Women's 200m T11 by three hundredths of a second.

The Chinese led the whole race, but paid the price in the final 10m where she gassed out, finishing in 24.89 seconds.

Brazil's Thalita Simplicio da Silva came from nowhere to almost edge the race, settling for silver on the line, while compatriot Jerusa Geber dos Santos takes bronze.

6:55 pm - Five-way tie for high jump lead

The men's T47 high jump bar is at 1.83m now - five men are tied for the lead.

There is only one man yet to jump, the World Record holder Roderick Townsend-Roberts of USA, who is entering the competition at 2.00m!

6:47 pm - Tiarani breaks own World Record!

Karisma by name, charisma by game!

Indonesia's Karisma Tiarani has broken her own T42 World Record, to win the Women's 100m T63 in 14.72 seconds.

Monica Contrafatto of Italy finished around three metres back in silver, while Belgian Gitte Haenen scoops bronze.

6:36 pm - Fourth world title for Prado

Lucas Prado burst out of the blocks to win the Men's 100m T11 in a Championship Record time of 10.95 seconds.

It's the first time he has been crowned World Champion since 2013.

Timothee Adolphe of France claims second, with Prado's compatriot Felipe de Souza in third.

Naturally for a Brazilian sprinter at these Championships, Prado is celebrating with the Usain Bolt pose!

6:34 pm - Massive World Record!

There's been a World Record broken in the men's F32 shot.

Liu Li of China has recorded 12.05m. Interestingly, the old record of 11.08m was set by our next thrower, Lahouari Bahlaz.

6:38 pm - Shi does the double

Shi Yiting has won the Women's 100m T36 in 13.62 seconds, but her time won't count as a new World Record due to heavy wind assistance.

Not to worry though... she was the World Record holder (13.68 seconds) anyway!

Shi has now won the 100m and 200m at these championships, while Yanina Martinez of Argentina takes silver, and Tascitha Oliveira the bronze.

6:18 pm - The scissor technique

Several athletes in the Men's High Jump T47 have opted for the scissor jump technique, as opposed to the Fosbury Flop, due to physical limitations.

The leg flexibility required to scissor jump as a fully-grown athlete is quite remarkable!

6:12 pm - New F12 javelin WORLD RECORD

The men's F13 (visually impaired) javelin throw is underway. It is a mixed-class event, with some F12 athletes too, and one of them – Hector Cabrera of Spain has broken the world record with a throw of 64.89m. It's the 35th World Record broken in Dubai these Championships.


Five gold medals were won this morning, two of them in new world records.

In the men's F11 discus, Brazil's Alessandro Rodrigo Da Silva hurled his discus 46.10m, while in the men's F36 shot put, Russian Vladimir Sviridov threw 16.32m.

The evening's first three events, two in the field and a T47 high jump, are underway.

5:42 pm - Some sad news

Hello and welcome back to the Para Athletics live blog.

Unfortunately we begin with some sad news this evening. Australian five-time Paralympic Games gold medallist Kieran Modra has died at the age of 47.

Modra, who was born with a congenital visual impairment, competed at eight Paralympic Games from Seoul 1988 to Rio 2016 and won a total of 10 medals in swimming and cycling.

He was riding his bike in the north of Adelaide when he was hit by a car on Wednesday morning.

Cycling Australia CEO Steve Drake said, “We are terribly saddened by the news and our immediate thoughts go to Kieran’s family and friends during this difficult time.”


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