Swiss National Athletics Championships Provide Memorable Performances

Brent Lakatos

The Swiss National Para Athletics Championships attracted a number of top international athletes and they combined to set six World Records on Sunday in Arbon.

Brent Lakatos of Canada was the star on the final day of competition in Arbon as he managed to set two world records in one day of racing. The T53 racer already broke the 100m record earlier in the meet and to that added the 200m (25.04) and 800m (1:31.91).

That 200m race was an impressive field and there were two regional records also falling in that event with new African and European records. Tunisian Yassine Gharbi managed 24.80 to break his own African record while French racer Pierre Fairbank managed 25.84 for the European record.

There was another 800m world record in the women’s T34 race as Hannah Cockroft set her third world record of the meet. Cockroft ran 1:55.73 to destroy her own world record, taking over a second off of the mark.

Also managing another world record was Tunisian Walid Ktila who broke the T34 200m world record with a time of 26.21. That took almost half a second off his own record, while Australian Rheed McCracken, UAE’s Mohamed Hammadi, and Canadian Austin Smeenk all managed area records.

American Chelsea McClammer set another world record as she smashed the women’s 800m T53 world record, taking 1.55 off the record. Australian Madison de Rozario and British racer Samantha Kinghorn set new area records as they rounded off the podium.

The final world record came in the men’s 5000m T54 as Thai racer Rawat Tana managed 9:49.17 to lower his own record. Marcel Hug pleased the home crowd with a second placed finish for a European record while Australian Kurt Fearnley and American Daniel Romanchuk also set area records to round out a phenomenal day.

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