WORLD PARA CHAM­PI­ONSHIPS

SU­PERB START FOR BRI­TISH ATH­LETES IN LON­DON

Athletics Weekly - - Content - RE­PORTS: STEVE SMYTHE (MEN) & JESSICA WHIT­TING­TON (WOMEN) PIC­TURES: MARK SHEAR­MAN

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

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