Paralympics: Britain's great first day sees gold and records

 22 Oct 2015 - 18:34

Paralympics: Britain's great first day sees gold and records
Aled Davies of Great Britain poses with his gold medal at the medal ceremony for the Men's Shot Put F42 Final.


DOHA: British athletes dominated the opening morning of the IPC 2015 World Championships in Qatar on Thursday, winning the first gold medal and setting its first new world record.

Shot putter Aled Davies took gold after posting a championship best 14.95 metres in the F42 event (competitors with amputations).

Davies was trailing Iran's Sajad Mohammadian, 14.54m, until the penultimate throw.

The 24-year-old, who has only just recovered from a hernia operation, held the previous championship best of 14.71m. He is also world record holder with a distance of 15.93m.

Mohammadian took silver with Germany's Frank Tinnemeier winning bronze with a throw of 14.33.

"It's probably not the performance I wanted, but I came here and won a major title and that's what matters at the end of the day," said Davies.

"I know I didn't perform as well as I could have, but I got the gold medal and that's what it's all about."

Meanwhile, Davies' compatriot Kadeena Cox, set the championships' first world record with a 13.59 seconds run in a T37 (cerebral palsy) 100m heat.

Cox, 24, beat the existing record of 13.68, which was held by France's Mandy Francois-Elie.

"I cannot believe I have done that, I didn't realise I was running so quick," said Cox.

"I was in chill mode before the race and was feeling pretty confident. I shut down in the closing stages so I hope there is a lot more to come."

The Frenchwoman was also running on Thursday morning and won her heat in a time of 13.87. But that was only the third best time of qualifying with another Briton, Georgina Hermitage clocking 13.79.

Four other golds were decided on the first morning.

Germany's Sebastian Dietz won in the men's F36 (balance problems) shot put, again with a championship record, of 14.87m.

China picked up their first gold thanks to Lijuan Zou who won the women's shot put F34 (athletes with athetosis, ataxia and/or hypertonia) with a first round throw of 8.37m.

Cuba's Leonardo Diaz retained gold in the men's discus throw F56 (wheelchair competitors) with a season's best throw of 45.10m.

And Sweden's Per Jonsson won the men's long jump T13 (visual impairment) with a leap of 7.15m.