WORLD PARA ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS LONDON 2017 - DAY NINE

Records tumbled on day nine of the World Para Athletics Championships as Sophie Hahn and Aled Davies lit up the London Stadium on a cold, damp Saturday night with world best victories for the host country, while Brazilian Petrucio Ferreira dos Santos produced a performance for the ages in the T47 200m.

23/07/2017 08:00

Hahn dominated the women’s 100m T38 final as she stormed away from her rivals to clock 12.44 seconds, smashing the world record she set in Doha two years ago. 

The 20-year-old sprinter, who broke the 200m T38 record last Saturday, made it another night to remember for the large home crowd as she greeted their hugh roar by thrusting her right arm in the air in celebration. 

“To do the double of 100m and 200m is just phenomenal,” she said. “I think this is the biggest run I’ve ever performed.” 

Kadeena Cox made it a British one-two as she added a silver to the 400m gold she won 24 hours earlier. Cox crossed the line in 13.07 while a third Briton, Olivia Breen, placed fourth behind Germany’s Lindy Ave. 

The roar was back just a few minutes later when Davies took to the shot circle for a second round put that hit the soggy grass at 17.52m, surpassing his own world record by almost a metre and a half. 

Davies won the contest by more than three metres, adding a second gold to the discus title he claimed last Sunday as he secured the shot-discus double for a third consecutive time. 

“The aim is 20m and I believe I can do it,” said the Welshman. “This is just the start.” 

The union flags were waving again for Georgie Hermitage as the 200m gold medallist powered home in the 100m T37, setting a championship record of 13.36. 

Britons weren’t the only athletes re-writing the record books, however, as Ferreira scorched down the damp home straight to win his second gold of the championships in 21.21, more than a quarter of a second inside the previous world mark. 

Brazil took silver too thanks to Yohansson Nascimento who dipped ahead of Poland’s Michal Derus on the line. 

Australia’s Jayden Sawyer also set world best figures to win the F38 javelin in the morning, followed in the evening by compatriots Deon Kenzie and Madison de Rozario who won the men’s 1500m T38 and women’s 5000m T54 respectively. 

Jarryd Wallace claimed the first of three US victories on the track in the T44 200m, a race which saw South Africa’s Arnu Fourie end his illustrious career with a bronze medal, while Germany’s 400m champion Johannes Floors brought the curtain down on a scintillating night with a championship record of 21.50 in the T43 200m.

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