Four World Records Fall in Notwill Grand Prix

Peter Genyn (Photo: Veerle Laurens/Creative Commons)

As athletes build to the Para Athletics World Championships in less than two months four world records were broken at the Notwill Grand Prix in Switzerland on Friday night.

A sub 23 second men’s 200m T42 is getting perilously close as the world record is now down to 23.01 seconds. British runner Richard Whitehead ran the time, shaving .02 off his world record as he approaches what is likely his final meet.

Another world record was set in the men’s 200m T51, with Belgian Peter Genyn destroying his own World Record. Genyn crossed the line in a time of 36.62 almost one whole second faster than his former record.

After breaking the world record just five days ago Tunisian Walid Ktila managed to break that record again, shaving 0.03 off of it. Ktila ran 26.18 in the men’s 200m T33/34 following up from his 800m win earlier in the day.

The final world record broken on Friday was the men’s T33 200m record, as Kuwaiti Almutairi Ahmad ran 29 seconds flat to break his own mark from March.

Despite not breaking the world record Canadian Brent Lakatos did well in winning the men’s 200m T53. He was just 0.28 away from breaking his record and as London 2017 gets closer he could well hit the mark there.

For the home fans there was joy in the T54 classification as Manuela Schar managed double wins in the classification. She won the 200m and the 800m with the 800 providing a thrilling win as she claimed it by only 0.01 seconds.

The main man home fans have come to see is Marcel Hug who got his event started with a win in an 800m heat. He still has four other events to compete in for a big weekend in front of his home crowd who cheered him on well.


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