Two World Championship medalists, Damian Carcelen and Ntando Mahlangu backed up from the World Championships to win gold at the 2017 World Para Athletics Junior Championships, which got under way in Nottwil on Thursday.
Mahlangu, who won silver at the World Championships in London last month at just 15, won an impressive race. The South African managed 23.73 to win the 200m T42-47 under 18 title amongst a strong field.
Ecuadorian Carcelen also backed up from the senior worlds to claim gold in the long jump T20 under 20 event. Carcelen managed to jump 6.33m to finish in front of Hong Kong’s Nikki Tang at 6.19, who just stopped an Ecuadorian 1-2 as Colorado Mina jumped 6.17m.
Two more South Americans claimed cold in their events as Colombian Luis Lucumi and Chilean Amanda Cerna both won gold, completing a successful day for South Americans.
Lucumi claimed a big win in the shot put F35-38 under 20 event, throwing 11.59m well in front of Mexican Rodrigo de la Torre Huerta (9.68m) and Iranian Ashkan Cheraghi (8.65m). Cerna won the women’s 200m T42-37 with a rapid time of 27.72, beating out Indian Jayanti Behera in 28.04, and American Jessica Heims almost two seconds further back.
The United States did manage one gold on the day though as Hannah Dederick won the women’s 400m T51-54 race. She won easily with a time of 1:00.67, almost two seconds ahead of Argentinian Lucia Montenegro with 1:02.37 and in third was another American, Elizabeth Floch in 1:04.63.