Records keep Falling in Athletics on Morning 5

Monday morning saw yet more records on the track and yet another gold medal for Cuban Omar Durand. Durand won her second sprint crown as she easily won the 200m T12, setting a new Paralympic record of 23.05, just shy of her own World Record.

Durand wasn’t the only sprinter to win their second gold of the Games on Monday morning as Ukrainian Ihor Tsvietov won the 200m T35. He also set a Paralympic record with a time of 25.11 as he easily won, almost one second ahead of Brazilian Fabio da Silva Bordignon.

After missing out on gold in the last two Paralympic Games, Kenny van Weeghel won the gold that he won back in Athens 12 years ago. Van Weegle ran 46.65 in the men’s 400m T54 just beating China’s Yang Liu for the gold medal.

Just one centimetre was the difference in the men’s long jump T36 in a thrilling battle between the three medalists. Both Brayden Davidson (Australia) and Rodrigo Parreira da Silva managed 5.62m for a Paralympic record, but countback gave Davidson the gold medal.

Aled Davies met his expectations in the shot put F42 as he led from the very start, he ended up pushing out to 15.97m and setting a new Paralympic record. He finished over a meter ahead of his opponents, easily claiming gold after bronze four years ago.

Bahrain’s Fatema Nedham made history in the shot put F53 as she became the first Bahrainian woman to win a Paralympic gold medal. Nedham threw for 4.76 to set a new Asian record in the history making display.

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