British sprinter clocks 62.01 to better her own T37 400m best and USA’s Richard Browne breaks the T44 200m record in Doha
Georgie Hermitage added T37 400m gold to her 100m silver on Sunday as she clocked 62.01 to break her own world record at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha.
The British sprinter, who had a previous best of 62.48 for the one lap event, beat her nearest rival by more than three and a half seconds on the fourth day of action at the Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium.
France’s Paralympic T37 100m champion Mandy François-Elie secured silver in a 65.55 PB, while Russia’s 2004 Paralympic T37 200m gold medallist Evgenia Trushnikova claimed bronze in 67.16.
“I’m so happy, it’s more than I ever expected,” said Hermitage, who has now lowered the 400m world record three times this year, the first time taking more than two seconds off a mark which had stood since the Sydney 2000 Paralympics. “Today was all about just running the race and seeing where we ended up and not pushing it too much.
“Coming off that final bend, I felt in really good shape and felt there was quite a bit in the tank, so that’s when I pushed”
Talking to AW ahead of the championships, the 26-year-old explained how she had suffered injury problems after the Anniversary Games, where she broke the 400m record for the second time.
USA’s Richard Browne was another athlete to break a world record on the way to winning his first individual world title, the 24-year-old clocking 21.27 to better his own T44 200m best.
Behind him, Brazil’s Paralympic champion Alan Oliveira clocked 22.04 for silver and Browne’s team-mate Hunter Woodhall a 22.09 PB for bronze.
“I feel absolutely amazing,” said Browne. “It was a fast track with very fast competitors. I can’t wait for next year.
“That’s one down, two to go,” he added. “I still have the 200m and 4x100m and I don’t plan on losing those either.”
Russia’s three-time Paralympic gold medallist Margarita Goncharova followed up her T38 100m bronze with victory over 400m in a world record time of 62.18, while Cuba’s Omara Durand, who broke the world T12 400m record on Friday, bettered her own world 200m record which had been set in the heats with 23.03 in the final. Britain’s Libby Clegg had earlier withdrawn from the event ahead of the semi-finals as a precaution following an injury sustained during warm-up.
China’s two-time Paralympic gold medallist Yao Juan threw a world record of 43.39m in the women’s F44 discus to better a mark which had been set at the Beijing 2008 Games, while Latvia’s three-time Paralympic gold medallist Aigars Apinis won the men’s F52 discus title with a world record-breaking 21.44m.
Australia’s Scott Reardon came close to the world T42 100m record as he clocked a championship record 12.13 to take the title ahead of Russia’s European 200m champion Anton Prokhorov with a 12.24 PB, as Britain’s Paralympic and defending world 200m champion Richard Whitehead clocked a 12.55 PB in fourth.
“It shows that I’m in the right place (for the 200m),” said Whitehead. “We’ve put a plan together over the last year and we’ve tried to roll that out, doing it as best we can. Hopefully that will bring success in the 200m.”
Of the other British athletes in action on day four, Mo Jomni bagged T53 200m bronze behind Canada’s defending champion Brent Lakatos, who had also won the 100m title, with Jomni having clocked a PB of 26.78 to qualify as the second quickest for the final.
Sam Ruddock and Claire Harvey both set PBs to finish fifth in the F35 shot put and F55 shot put respectively, while Sam Bowen finished seventh in the women’s F44 discus and Samantha Kinghorn followed up her T53 200m bronze and a fifth place finish over 100m with a sixth place in the T53 400m final.
» Full results can be found at paralympic.org