Mel Nicholls breaks world record in Italy

Paralympic finalist shaves four seconds off previous 1500m T34 mark at IPC Athletics Grand Prix

Mel Nicholls & Hannah Cockroft (Credit: Job King, British Athletics)

Despite only having raced over the distance once before, Paralympic finalist Mel Nicholls broke the 1500m T34 world record at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Grosetto, Italy, on Sunday.

Following two world record-breaking performances from Aled Davies and Hannah Cockroft just a week before, Nicholls (pictured with Cockroft above) shaved four seconds off Deborah Brennan’s 10-year-old mark by crossing the line in 4:12.56.

“It is an amazing feeling to break a world record, it hasn’t quite sunk in yet,” commented Nicholls. “As a distance I have only ever raced once before (in Birmingham), I hope it is a sign of my continuing improvement of form over all my distances and for the future.”

Also competing in Italy, double Paralympic champion Cockroft continued her fine form by clocking the fastest times in the 100m (18.16), 200m (31.86), 400m (62.49) and 800m (2:04.49), while David Weir’s training partner Jamie Carter also secured numerous victories with success in T33/34 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m.

Over in Holland and London 2012 Paralympic champion Aled Davies followed up his record-breaking performance at the BUCS Championships last weekend by winning both the F42 discus (45.73m) and the shot put (14.07m).

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