Champions Defend Titles at day four of World Para Athletics Championship 

Scott Reardon (Photo: Australian Paralympic Committee)

Australian Scott Reardon has won his third straight worldtitle as day four of the World Para Athletics Championship wrapped up in Londonon Monday night.

Reardon has claimed the men’s 100m T42 defeating his bigrival, Richard Whitehead to disappoint the home crowd. The two have had a longrivalry but Reardon ended up winning comfortably, silencing Whitehead’s trash talking.Whitehead was unable to overcome the deficit and in the end had to settle forthird with Daniel Wagner taking second in 12.30.

“Thatis probably the best moment of my career. The pressure was on, there’s been afair bit of talk going on since Rio and I’ve tried to keep my head down andkeep out of it. But I think I’ve just shown that the future is strong,”said Reardon after winning his race.

Australia had two wins on the night as James Turner claimedhis second world record of the event as he won the men’s 200m T36. Turnerfinished well in front as he won in a time of 24.09 leaving daylight betweenhimself and the rest of the pack.

Britain were not left completely disappointed as theymanaged some success in the day with Sophie Kamlish managing gold. Kamlish hadalready set a world record and came out to win the women’s 100m T44 in 12.92.

Hannah Cockroft continued her phenomenal year as she wasable win yet another event this year and her ninth total world championship.She was able to win the women’s 800m T34 in a time of 2:01.77, cruising to thewin.

American Tatyana McFadden claimed her third gold medal ofthe event, winning the 400m T54 race, backing up from claiming the 1500m in themorning session. She won the race well, winning from the start in 53.74 withone event still to come.

American Michael Brannigan managed a strong come back toclaim the men’s 1500m T20 race, after British racer Steve Morris lead from thestart. But Morris couldn’t hold on as Brannigan went for it with one lap to goand claimed the win comfortably.

Poland won two medals as Barbara Niewiedzial won the women’s1500m T20 to defend her title in 4:33.82. In the women’s T11 Joanna Mazur wonthe second gold of the night for Poland as she claimed 4:50.95.

Tunisian Walid Ktila has defended the first of his fourworld titles as he won the men’s 400m T34 title in 50.56. He was leading therace from the start and while Mohamed Al Hammadi was fighting had Ktila pushedhard late on to get the win simply.

There was another second gold medal for an athlete inUkrainian Leilia Adzhametova won the 100m T13 from start to finish. AlgerianMohamed Berrahal was vindicated as he was reinstated as the men’s 400m T51 in1:21.45 but was initially heartbroken at a disqualification that ended up beingover turned.

China managed a 1-2 finish in the women’s 200m T11 withGuoha Zhou managing to defeat the defending champion Cuiqing Liu in 25.27seconds. Daniel Martins showed why he’s the best in the men’s 400m T20 as he finishedwell clear to win the race in 47.66.

German Markus Rehm won his fourth straight long jump T44title with an eight meter jump while his team mate Johannes Floors won the 400mT43 in 46.67. China managed a gold in the F41 Pengxiang Sun winning the eventin 42.14m.

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