With the Dubai 2019 World Para Athletics Championships coming to an end, it is time now to look back at some of the best moments.
China topped the medals table for the third consecutive World Para Athletics Championships with 25 golds, 23 silvers and 11 bronze – including eight world records. T54 wheelchair racer Lihong Zou led the campaign as the most decorated athlete in Dubai with four golds and one silver.
WORLD RECORDS RECORD
A total of 43 new world records were set at the World Championships in Dubai, nine more than at the previous Worlds in London in 2017. Five events saw the world record broken in the heats and in the final. On the last day, Ukraine’s Ihor Tsvietov set the men’s 100m T35 one.
Dubai 2019 introduced new individual and relay events at the World Championships. USA took gold in the first universal 4x100m relay. Great Britain won both the men’s and women’s 100m RR3, the first race running events, courtesy of Gavin Drysdale and Kayleigh Haggo, respectively.
REFUGEE TEAM SHINES
Shahrad Nasajpour was the sole representative of the Refugee Para Team at Dubai 2019. He finished seventh in the men’s discus throw F37, the best result for a refugee athlete in a major Para athletics event.
FASTER THAN EVER
Brazil’s Petrucio Ferreira (10.42) broke the men’s 100m T47 world record setting the fastest mark ever at a World Para Athletics Championships. Germany’s Johannes Floors became the fastest blade runner in history with a new world record of 10.55 in the T62 class.
NEXT STOP: TOKYO 2020
Dubai 2019 saw many new faces taking medals at their first Worlds. Don’t be surprise to see the likes of USA’s sprinter Brittni Mason or Ecuador’s 16-year-old long jumper Kiara Rodriguez on the top of the podium at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo next year.
All the daily highlights from Dubai 2019 are available on YouTube, while all results can be found on the official website.