The second day of the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships Division C took place on Wednesday with Belgium and Czech Republic topping their groups and looking strong for promotion.
Belgium opened the day in Group A and dominated their game against Portugal, claiming a 72-28 win over the Iberians. Bart Nunlens managed 20 points but perhaps even more impressive was Bart Nulens who managed a double double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. That form continued in totheir second match as Belgium managed an even more impressive 78-27 win over Greece. Yono van Rompaey managed 19 points in that game as the two wins sealed Belgium the top spot in the group, making them a favorite for the title. Continue reading “European Wheelchair Basketball Championships Division C Group Winners Set”→
The final Grand Slam of the 2017 Wheelchair Tennis season, the US Open, has taken a big step as the field of athletes was announced on Tuesday, with the final invitees named.
The top seven ranked players in two singles divisions; men, women and the top three in quad, will be joined by three invitees to create eight player fields. The event returns after not being contested in 2016 due to a clash with the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Continue reading “US Open Field Finalized”→
There is no danger of Australia taking their zonal championship for granted as the Steelers named their team for the Asia-Oceania Wheelchair Rugby Championships with the bulk of their world championships.
With no fear of not qualifying for the World Championships, which they are already qualified for as Paralympic Champions and hosts. Despite that Australia are determined to use the tournament, which starts in August, to prepare his squad for a big push for the World Championships.
Australian head coach Brad Dubberly has named a 12 man squad, with nine of them coming from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games squad. Just one member of the squad is in his first international squad, as Australia seek to continuetheir domination of the sport.
“With our world number one ranking on the line, we are not wanting to lose this, particularly leading into a home World Championships in 2018,”said Dubberly. “We won’t be too focused on the results, it will be all aboutthe process and making sure everything we do is at the level we expect. Results will take care of themselves if we play our game.”
The debutant is 32 year old Anthony Gray who will be joining thesquad as a 0.5 player as Australia looks to life after two of the strongest 0.5players in the world. Gray comes in after Ryan Scott and Naz Erdem are no longer in the squad.
As has been usual for over a decade, Australia will be lead by 3.5Ryley Batt, one of the strongest players of the sport of all time. Jason Lees,Andrew Harrison, and Cameron Carr also make up an experienced core of the side.Others appearing from the Rio squad are Chris Bond, Matt Lewis, Jayden Warn,Ben Fawcett, and Andrew Edmondson.
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.
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.
The venue and dates for the Showdown World Championships have been confirmed as the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) announced that Handen, Sweden would host the event in October.
The tournament will be the fifth world championship ever held in the sport, which is not contested at the Paralympic Games. IBSA is contested by athletes with visual impairment and is a cross between table tennis and air hockey, played for those with visual impairments.
There has been heart breaking news in the build up to the World Para Athletic Championships in London as Abdullah Hayayei of the United Arab Emirates died following a training ground incident in London on Tuesday night.
Hayayei was practicing ahead of the world championships, training at the Newham Leisure Center which was open to athletes. Hayayei is an F34 class thrower and could well have had an impact in the event with some strong performances recently.