British duo strike gold again at the WPA European Championships in Berlin as Britain finish second in the medals table behind Poland

Aled Davies and Thomas Young won their second titles of the week as Britain ended the World Para Athletics European Championships with 20 gold medals and 50 medals in total.

Poland topped the medals table with 26 golds and 61 medals in total while Ukraine were close behind Britain with 19 golds and 49 medals.

For Davies, it was not only a double gold at these European Championships but the third consecutive time he has achieved the feat.

Davies, 27, won the F63 shot put on Sunday with a championship best of 15.49m despite breaking his throwing leg brace during warm-up as he added to the discus victory he achieved earlier in the week.

“When my leg brace snapped I thought ‘you have got to be kidding me?’,” he said. “I got my tape out and I thought it’s not out of reach of these guys yet, so I am going to have to keep battling on, hopping around. I gave it everything I had, it was just raw aggression that got through in the end.”

Young, meanwhile, added the T38 100m title in 11.66 to the 200m he won the previous day, while there was a British victory in the universal 4x100m as Zac Shaw (T12), Laura Sugar (T44), Sophie Hahn (T38) & Nathan Maguire (T54) combined to clock 48.73.

Young, 18, said: “It’s unbelievable. Before I came here, I really wanted the double, but I knew it was going to be hard work, so I had to train really hard and I have achieved what I wanted to at my debut Championships.

Elsewhere, Marie-Amelie Le Fur of France set a world record of 6.01m in the women’s T64 long jump as Britain’s Stef Reid placed third with 5.49m.

For Le Fur, 29, it was the first time a female para-athlete had broken the six-metre barrier and came just months after the tragic loss of her unborn baby.

Reid said: “It’s great to come away with hardware, it is a special thing and you should never discount it and you should always be grateful because often in these events there are just seconds or centimetres between having something and having not.”

Ben Rowlings took his second silver medal of the week when he was second in the T34 men’s 800m behind Henry Manni of Finland.

Ireland won six golds and nine medals at the championships and one of the victories came on the final day from Niamh McCarthy as she set a European record of 31.76m in the F41 discus.

There was more host nation success, too, as Felix Streng ran 11.23 to win the T64 100m, while Mathias Mester of Germany won the men’s F41 javelin with 37.57m and Johannes Floors won the T62 men’s 400m in 47.93.

Switzerland’s Marcel Hug added another title to his resume with T54 1500m victory in 3:23.18 as Poland continued its fine championships with gold in the women’s T35 200m from Jagoda Kibil in 34.02.

» Full coverage from Berlin in the August 30 issue of AW