Youssef Benibrahim Finally wins World Title 

The third night of the World Para Athletics Championships inLondon have been completed with yet another world record made in the men’s5000m T13 on Sunday.Moroccan Youssef Benibrahim finally broke through for aworld championship in his fourth attempt, following missing the podium in thelast three attempts. This time he won a sprint to claim the title, outsprinting Tunisian Bilel Aloui to win 14:20.69 and set a new world record.

The race was led for much of the way was El Amin Chentouf,Benibrahim’s team mate but as is common in the 5000m races, the pace picked upin the final two laps and Chentouf dropped out. Aloui was chasing hard to tryand catch Benibrahim but he couldn’t haul him in.

“Thisis a great birthday present, a little bit in advance. All my preparation wasabout winning a medal here in London, I did not think about the world record atall. So I am very surprised and blessed. My wife is pregnant so I want todedicate this victory to her and also to my coach and my mother.” SaidBenibrahim after the race.

Therewere two field gold medals for the United States as two defending champions,Jeremy Campbell and Lex Gillette, claimed gold. Campbell won his third straightmen’s discus F44 gold medal beating out Dave Blair with the very last throw ofthe competition. Gillette also won his third straight title as he claimed the men’slong jump T11 with a leap of 6.27m beating the Paralympic champion, BrazilianRicardo Costa.

Thehome fans had something to cheer about as British thrower Aled Davies won themen’s discus F42 comfortably. Davies won with a championship record of 51.54malmost five meters ahead of the rest of the field, claiming the first leg ofhis throwing treble.

The women’s javelin F54 was something of a rematch of the2015 final as China’s Liwan Yang got some revenge over Tunisian Hania Aidi forthe 2015 final. There were just eight centimeters between the two with Yangmanaging a 17.79m throw.

Algerian Kamel Kardjena reclaimed his men’s shot put F33title in a tight competition against German Daniel Scheil. The two men are themost recent Paralympic Champions and Kardjena won by seven centimeters with athrow of 10.43m winning in the same venue he won Paralympic gold.

Malaysian Abdul Latif Romly set a new championship record inthe long jump T20 final managing a 7.37m jump. Australian James Turner manageda phenomenal achievement in the T36 200m as he broke the world record, settinghim up for a probable world championship.


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