Aussie pair runs hot to add to Para-Ath­let­ics ti­tles gold haul

Mercury (Hobart) - - ATHLETICS -

AUS­TRALIAN run­ners James Turner and Jaryd Clif­ford have won two more gold medals at the World Para-Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Dubai.

Turner col­lected the 400m (T36) gold yes­ter­day to add to his 100m win four days ear­lier. Clif­ford dom­i­nated the 5000m (T13) fi­nal, with the help of sighted guides Philo Saunders and Tim Lo­gan, who both ran 6.1 laps each, to take gold af­ter his 1500m win on the open­ing night of the nine-day ti­tles.

They de­liv­ered Aus­tralia’s sev­enth and eighth gold medals re­spec­tively. Along with shot put­ter Claire Keefer tak­ing bronze in her F41 class, it was an­other three-medal haul for Aus­tralia, or in other words an­other solid day’s work.

Turner ar­rived in Dubai with a re­vised plan from the Lon­don world cham­pi­onships two years ago, and ex­e­cuted it beau­ti­fully here. And along­side his coach Iryna Dvoskina he won the 100m on Sun­day and the 400m — both in world record times.

“I’ve done my job so I’m sat­is­fied with that. The 51.71 sec­onds is a PB, great time, very happy with it,” he said.

It was Turner’s fifth gold medal from two world cham­pi­onship ap­pear­ances and Aus­tralia’s sev­enth in Dubai.

Keefer kept her re­mark­able world cham­pi­onships run in­tact with a bronze in the shot put (F41) on Thurs­day night. And she made ev­ery­one hold their breath in the sixth and fi­nal round, when she let out her long­est throw of the night — 9.19m.

On the track, wheelchair racer Rheed McCracken qual­i­fied for the fi­nal of the men’s 800m (T34) by plac­ing third in Thurs­day’s heat (1:52.07).

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