World Para Athletics Championships

  • World Para Athletics Championships logo, image: England Athletics

A phenomenal six world records fell at the World Para Athletics Championships in London, Great Britain, on Saturday (15 July) and it was the host nation who raised the roof as home favourites Sophie Hahn, Sammie Kinghorn and Hollie Arnold all rewrote the history books.

Five gold medals went Great Britain’s way on the second day of competition as Richard Whitehead also clinched gold, adding to Stef Reid’s long jump T44 success earlier in the day.

First up in the evening session was Hollie Arnold, who added 1cm on to her world record as she completed a hat-trick of world titles, having won in 2013 and 2015. The Paralympic champion threw 43.02m, and was suitably delighted.

“That was a fantastic series for me. I went out there to smash it and I did,” said Arnold. “It was great to get the world record. I knew that fourth throw was close but I wasn’t sure if I’d got it. The support of the crowd was absolutely amazing.”

Not to be outdone, fellow Briton Sophie Hahn came out on the track and annihilated the previous mark in the women’s 200m T38. Focused on her outside lane from the gun, the 100m T38 Paralympic champion proved too good for her rivals as she stopped the clock at 26.11.

Great Britain’s third world record of the night came courtesy of Sammie Kinghorn (28.61) in the women’s 200m T53. The Scot has been in record-breaking form already this year and proved unstoppable once again, knocking 0.06 seconds of her previous best.

There were world records too for Brazilian Petrucio Ferreira, Malaysian Muhammad Zolkefli and the USA’s Cassie Mitchell.