WORLD PARA CHAMPIONSHIPS
SUPERB START FOR BRITISH ATHLETES IN LONDON
This week’s AW cover stars Jonnie Peacock, Hannah Cockroft, Stef Reid and Richard Whitehead were among the British winners on the opening weekend of action in the London Stadium
THE World Para Athletics Championships saw a successful start for Britain’s athletes over the first four days of competition. They won 11 gold medals and are battling for top of the medal table with the USA who also have 11 golds but are heading Britain on silver medals. The British women have so far outperformed the men, taking eight titles.
In the opening days, it has already bettered any previous attendance of a Championships watched by enthusiastic and surprisingly knowledgeable crowds. It has also made a good impression on Channel 4’s television coverage despite the counter claims of Wimbledon, the Tour de France, Test Match, British Grand Prix, Women’s World Cup and the Diamond League. It was maybe not the best week to maximise attention in the sporting world!
The successes not only came to Britain’s biggest stars such as Hannah Cockroft, Jonnie Peacock, Aled Davies and Richard Whitehead but also saw the likes of Stef Reid and Sophie Kamlish win their first major titles.
Great international stars were also in action including Jason Smyth, Tatyana McFadden and Markus Rehm and records fell repeatedly at an event which surely will be regarded by the end of the week as the greatest ever world para championships.
Jonnie Peacock: added another world title to his two T44 100m Paralympic gold medals