Two titles in new event for Britain as curtain falls on World Para Athletics Championships

Kayleigh Haggo and Gavin Drysdale (pictured) struck gold for Britain in the new Race Running discipline at the World Para Athletics Championships during the final session in Dubai on Friday.

It means Britain ends the championships with 13 gold medals and 28 medals in total as China topped the medals table with 25 golds and 59 medals altogether from runners up Brazil.

Haggo and Drysdale won titles in the RR3 100m category for the Race Running event which was making its debut at these 2019 championships.

Drysdale took more than half a second off the world record with 16.72 as he beat GB team-mate Rafi Solaiman, while Haggo clocked a world record of 18.32 to beat GB team-mate Ellie Simpson.

Athletes in the category use a ‘Race Runner’ which is a three-wheeled frame where the athlete’s body is supported.

The gold medals on the final day in Dubai added to titles won by Hollie Arnold (F46 javelin), Paul Blake (T36 800m), Jonathan Broom-Edwards (T64 high jump), Hannah Cockroft (T34 100m and 800m), Aled Davies (F63 shot put), Sabrina Fortune (F20 shot put), Sophie Hahn (T38 100m and 200m) and Maria Lyle (T35 100m and 200m).

“Wow, I cannot believe it. I knew I would probably have to break the world record to win it,” said Drysdale. “I want to dedicate this gold medal to my late coach, Janice Eaglesham. She would have been so proud.

“It is absolutely amazing to have race running in the world championships for the first time. It gives the opportunity for people like me to compete at the highest level. I remember watching London two years ago wishing I could compete, so to be here two years later is a bit surreal.”

Haggo, who is only 20, beat team-mate Simpson and said: “My start wasn’t very good so after that I just had to run fast and put my head down. To represent Great Britain is amazing and to represent them and do well is a great honour.”

Ihor Tsvietov of Ukraine won the T35 men’s 100m in 11.77 as the top three all broke the former world record and Britain’s Jordan Howe was sixth.

World records on the final day also came from Joshua Cinnamo of the United States with 16.80m in the F46 men’s shot put, Lucyna Kornobys of Poland with 7.81m in the women’s F33 shot put, Xiaoyan Wen of China with 27.11 in the women’s T37 200m and Johannes Floors of Germany with 45.78 in the men’s T62 400m.

» Full results can be found here, while further Dubai 2019 news and coverage can be found here.

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