GB claim four medals on final morning of World Para Athletics Championships with Jordan Howe, Mickey Bushell and Polly Maton gaining medals to add to Kinghorn’s gold
Sammi Kinghorn won her second gold of the World Para Athletics Championships in London as she took T53 100m gold after also claiming 400m bronze with the 800m in today’s evening session still to go.
Kinghorn dominated throughout and won by over two metres with a time of 16.65 to again get the better of New Zealand’s Angela Ballard who was second as per the 200m, in 16.84.
Third went to Hongzhuan Zhou of China in a time of 16.92.
Kinghorn said: “I had no idea when I crossed the line. I heard the crowd scream and I thought ‘oh, I’ve won a medal’ and then I saw my name pop up and I thought ‘really?!’ – it was amazing.”
Jordan Howe was a delighted 100m silver medallist in the T35 category as he set a PB 12.52.
Howe got a good start and was leading at 60 metres but was run down in the second half by Ukraine’s world record-holder Ihor Tsvietov, who had got an appalling start but won in 12.38.
“It was a tough race,” said Howe. “Me and my coach Christian Malcolm have changed the system this year, he’s a great guy and a great coach. We’ve worked on a lot of things. I know I’ve always had a quick start so it was about building on that with the work we’ve done, and it’s paid off.”
Mickey Bushell also took the silver medal in the T53 category 100m. Gold went to Stef Reid’s husband Brent Lakatos, who won his fourth gold of the championships with a time of 14.52.
Bushell got a superb start and was a clear leader. Lakatos went past in the second half and Bushell just repelled the challenge of Pongsakorrn Paeyo with a time of 14.85 to the Thai’s 14.88.
While some events might lack competitiveness, that certainly wasn’t the case with the T47 long jump. Just six centimetres covered the top four in a superb contest.
USA’s Taleah Williams was trailing by a single centimetre when she made her fifth round and final jump as she had the upcoming 400m final ahead.
She responded with a superb 5.27m which was enough for the gold medal.
Polly Maton started with a 5.06m which she improved to 5.11m in the fourth round, though she had a longer no jump in the third.
The Briton was third until the final round when France’s Angelina Lanza went second with a 5.21m leap and pushed Maton down to fourth. The Briton responded magnificently with her final jump – 5.23m to snatch silver.
Top ranked Anna Grimaldi of New Zealand, who had led the opening four rounds and improved her best to 5.21m in the fifth, was out of a medal despite being just six centimetres down on the winning leap.
Maton said: “To do it in front of my home crowd and in front of my friends and family – in an event I’ve perceived to be my weakest entering the championships – is something I can’t put into words.”
Williams fared less well in her T47 400m, 15 minutes later, finishing a tired fifth as Paralympic champion Li Lu ran down fast-starting Anrune Liebenberg to win in a PB 57.23.
China also won gold in the F46 discus to maintain top spot on the medal tables. World record-holder Zhanbio Hou only took the lead with his final throw of 48.42m with team-mate Enlong Wei snatching second with his 48.10m last round effort to push long time leader Dmytro Ibragimov back to third after his 47.89m opener.
The best quality mark of the day was set by Trinidad’s Akeem Stewart in the F44 shot. He improved the F43 shot record from 14.21m by an incredible four metres with a 18.34m opener. Then in round four, he improved that to 19.08m, which is also in excess of the F44 world mark. To show it was not a fluke he also threw 19.01m in the fifth round.
The F12 discus gold went to South African Hermanus Blom with a championships record 51.16m. His lifetime best was needed as his fifth round throw overhauled Iranian Saman Pakbaz’s 48.86. The Iranian responded well himself with a 50.07 final throw to take silver.
The F37 shot also saw a championships record but a more clearcut winner as Lithuanian Mindaugas Bilius won with a 16.27m throw.
The F34 javelin throw saw gold for Colombian Mauricio Valencia with a 35.21m throw, just 33 centimetres ahead of Iranian Mohsen Kaedi’s 34.88m.
Another close event was the F57 women’s shot which went to Algerian Nassima Saifi’s 10.59m throw by just eight centimetres.
The T20 men’s 5000m saw a surprise runaway victory for Cristiano Pereira who bravely front ran to victory in 14:29.80. That took over a minute off the previous championship record.
World record-holder Michael Brannigan, who was chasing his third title, was caught out by the Portuguese’s early pace and was only able to half a 20 second gap mid-race to 10 seconds at the finish.
Steve Morris, who had attacked the 800m and 1500m and struggled on the last lap of each, ran a more cautious race and finished strongly to finish fifth, taking 45 seconds off his PB in a time of 15:14.04 which was inside the previous CBP.
Manolis Stefanoudakis of Greece won the F54 javelin with a championships best 29.51m to go within half a metre of the world record.
» Full results can be found here