Marlou van Rhijn danced through the rain to win her third consecutive world 200m T44 title on an action-packed final day of the World Para Athletics Championships.

24/07/2017 09:30

The Dutch ‘Blade Babe’, who claims to love running in wet conditions, splashed across the line in a championship record of 26.02 seconds leaving Germany’s Imgard Bensusan in her wake.

“I may be weird but think this is fun,” said van Rhijn, who took silver in the 100m T44 behind Britain’s world record-breaking sprinter, Sophie Kamlish. 

“It’s amazing to win the 200m again and especially to do it here in this stadium where I won my first ever title,” added van Rhijn. “I would have liked to have won the 100m too but it wasn’t to be.” 

It was Kamlish’s teammate Sammi Kinghorn who starred for the hosts on day 10. The 21-year-old wheelchair racer ended her world championship campaign with double gold after adding the 100m T53 title to the 200m crown she claimed earlier in the week.

That was Britain’s 18th and final gold of the championships, leaving GB third in the medal table, which was topped by China on 65 medals ahead of USA on 59. 

While it was double gold for Kinghorn, it was a terrific treble for Switzerland’s ‘Silver Bullet’ Marcel Hug who made it three out of four when he held off Thai racer Rawat Tana to win the 5000m T54. 

Australia’s James Turner made it three from three as he added 800m T36 gold to his 200m and 400m titles, while Hug’s sometime rival Brent Lakatos went one better yesterday morning, becoming the third athlete to win four London 2017 titles. 

The Canadian came from behind to clinch the 100m T53 ahead of Britain’s Mickey Bushell in 14.52, and joined USA’s Tatyana McFadden and Tunisia’s Walid Ktila as a quadruple gold medallist on the track. 

Akeem Stewart was the big hit of the morning session, however. The giant Trinidad and Tobago thrower wowed the crowd when he launched his shot out from a standing position to 19.08m, smashing the F43 world record by nearly five metres and securing F44 gold. 

Unable to rotate due to injury, Stewart dominated the contest to complete the double-double following his world record-breaking javelin victory on Tuesday.