Records continue to tumble at IPC Athletics

 24 Oct 2015 - 0:00

Records continue to tumble at IPC Athletics
David Brown of the USA along with other athlete thanks Doha for hosting the remarkable 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships, following the   Men’s 100m T11 final yesterday.

 Doha: The second day of competition at the Doha 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships saw a big upset in the women’s 400m T11 when China’s Ciuqing Lui defeated multiple World and Paralympic Champion Terezinha Guilhermina of Brazil. 
Meanwhile, a further five world-records were broken in another exhilarating evening of action.
Up and coming young athlete Cuiqing Liu’s improvement in the T11 sprinting events has been spectacular as she becomes the first person to defeat Terezinha Guilhermina in a World Championship event in nine years. 13 years Terezinha’s junior, the two will go head to head two further times in Doha when they meet again in the 200m T11 on 25th October and the 100m T11 on 28th October.
In the Men’s 100m T11, American athlete David Brown, the 100m and 200m world-record holder stormed to victory ahead of Brazilian arch-rivals Felipe Gomez and Lucas Prada, who stumbled and crashed out with a bad fall.
Speaking after his victory, Brown said: “Words cannot explain how I feel right now. It’s a great honour to race against these guys, I love competing against them, to come out here and defeat them this time in the Middle East is a great success for me. I am speechless.
“These facilities in Doha are actually amazing, the best facilities I have ever come across. They have a very fast track here and I am excited to win the 200m. The crowd has been amazing, it’s been a great experience so far.”
Meanwhile, Markus Rehm, one of the faces of the Doha 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships, continued to reign supreme in the Men’s long jump T44 as he furthered his own world-record to 8.40m, a distance that is just 1 cm shorter than Greg Rutherford’s winning jump in this year’s IAAF World Championships in Athletics.
Speaking after his victory, Rehm said: “When I had the world record at 8.29 I thought that it might be difficult to beat it, but to then go on and get 8.40 was really special. As I said the conditions were really good, and I felt in terrific shape, and I woke up feeling that it was gonna be my day. Thankfully it all worked out for me. I was so, so happy to compete here in Doha. I’ve been looking forward to this moment for so many months already. I think someone up there was looking after us because the conditions were perfect, and we had such good fun out there. I was really enjoying it!”
Tunisia had an excellent evening of athletics, taking gold and silver in the Women’s discus throw F41 with Raoua Tlili setting a new world-record of 29.70 m ahead of teammate Fathia Amaima’s 24.83m, and gold and a new world-record in the Women’s javelin F54 with Hania Aida throwing 18.86m.  Walid Ktila, four-times World Champion and double Paralympic Champion qualified with the fastest time in the Men’s 400m T34 and Abbes Saidi qualified fastest in the Men’s 800m T38. Both finals will take place tonight, 24th October.
Speaking after her new world-Tlili said: “My father passed away this year so I did this for him and I dedicate my win to him. I am extremely proud to do this for my country and my team mate also won silver which was amazing. We can do it again in Rio 2016 because we are confident of our level and we train very hard. We are not scared of competing at the highest level and against the best.”
Further world-records were broken by Na Mi of China in the Women’s shot put F37 with a distance of 13.56m, and Omara Durand of Cuba in the Women’s 400m T12 with a time of 53.05s. Durand is a double World Champion and double Paralympic Champion, and was making her comeback in Doha after missing the 2013 World Championships following the birth of her child.
Speaking after her victory, she said:
“I am so very proud of this gold medal and my new world record! It has been a hard competition but our hard work paid off in the end. I would like to thank everyone involved for the perfect organisation of the event and how well we have been looked after here.”
The incredible action will continue from 4pm today and  tickets are available online at https://doha2015.q-tickets.com, in Villaggio, Landmark and City Centre malls, as well as in ticket booths at the ground. Children below the age of four and pensioners aged 60+ go for free. All proceeds will be donated to charity.

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