Former European champion returns to the track for the first time in a year at BMC Grand Prix in Loughborough
Stef Reid wins world long jump gold in LondonJuly 15, 2017
Paralympic silver medallist gets her first global gold in front of a home crowd at the World Para Athletics Championships
Two-time Paralympic silver medallist Stef Reid went one better during the morning session on day two of the World Para Athletics Championships in London to win the T44 long jump for her first global title.
Reid opened with a leap of 5.18m to give her an immediate lead and she improved to 5.23m in the second round.
At this stage, Netherlands’ Marlene van Gansewinkel was second with 5.04m.
Reid, a single-leg amputee athlete, increased her lead further and maintained her improvement with a 5.40m third round jump.
Van Gansewinkel responded with a 5.29m fourth round jump but the Briton immediately replied with a 5.30m to at least show her superiority if not improve.
Reid completed her series with jumps of 5.14m and 5.21m as the Dutch athlete’s best response was a 5.22m last round.
Japan’s Maya Nakanishi won bronze with a 5.00m leap.
The delighted winner said: “I’ve been doing this so long and never been on top of the podium before.
“I’ve been nervous all morning but the crowd were amazing, even cheering my warm up jumps. It’s so much fun.”
The only other Briton in action was Zak Shaw in the T12 100m but the visually impaired sprinter finished fourth of four runners in his heat with a time of 11.35, down on his 11.16 PB earlier in the year and so missed out on the final.
Raoua Tlili of Tunisia retained her F41 discus crown with a a 32.29m championships best, while Ireland’s Niamh McCarthy won the silver medal with a throw of 26.17m to repeat the Rio result.
The F55 men’s javelin was won by Serbian Milos Zaric’s opening throw of 30.83m, while the F55 shot title went to Latvian Diana Dadzite’s 8.01m throw.
Petrucio Ferreira dos Santos won the very first track race of the day – the T47 100m opening heat in a championship record 10.67.
World record-holder Rheed McCracken of Australia set a championship best of 15.40 in the heats of the T34 100m, though it only lasted a heat as defending champion Walid Ktila regained it with a 15.15 in heat two.
Uzbekistan’s Khusniddin Norbekov won the F37 discus with a 54.73m throw.