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Grosseto 2013 review: Caironi smashes 100m and 200m T42 world records

Switzerland's Marcel Hug and Great Britain's Hannah Cockcroft also impresed in scorching conditions at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix event in Italy.

Martina Caironi © • Getty Images
By IPC

More than 330 athletes from 30 countries competed in Grosetto over the weekend.

Italy’s Martina Caironi showed the form that led her to Paralympic gold last summer by smashing the 100m and 200m T42 world records at the fourth IPC Athletics Grand Prix of the year on home soil in Grosseto.

On Saturday (11 May) the 23 year old single leg amputee ran 15.71 in the 100m* to knock 0.16 seconds off her previous best time set last year on her way to London 2012 gold. She will now go into July’s IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France as favourite for gold in the event that features her close rival and current world champion Kelly Cartwright of Australia.

Caironi also impressed on Sunday (12 May) in the 200m running 33.13 to smash Cartwright’s previous world record of 35.98 set in January 2012 by more than two seconds.*

Also in fine form at the weekend was Great Britain’s double Paralympic champion Hannah Cockcroft. The Yorkshire born wheelchair racer clocked 18.16 for the 100m and a day later 31.86 for the 200m. Both times were nearly half a second outside her world records for the distances set last year.

Cockrcoft's teammate Mel Nicholls (4:12.56) was a record breaker, smashing the world 1,500m T34 mark. Her time took nearly four seconds off the previous mark set 10 years ago by Deborah Brennan.

Speaking to www.britishathletics.org.uk Nicholls said: "It is an amazing feeling to break a world record, it hasn't quite sunk in yet. As a distance I have only ever raced once before (in Birmingham), I hope it is a sign of my continuing improvement of form over all my distances and for the future."

Switzerland’s Marcel Hug, was also in action in Grossetto in the 1,500m, an event he is the world record holder in. The 27 year old, who finished with two silver medals at London 2012, eased to victory in 3:00.48. With his British nemesis David Weir not competing in Lyon later this year, the “Swiss Silver Bullet” will be optimistic of adding to the 10,000m world title he won two years ago in Christchurch, New Zealand.

More than 330 athletes from 30 countries competed in Grosseto over the weekend.

Launched this March in Dubai, UAE, the IPC Athletics Grand Prix has already visited Beijing, China and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The fifth IPC Athletics Grand Prix will take place this weekend in Arizona, USA. Amongst those set to take part are American 100m T44 world champion Jerome Singleton who will go head-to- with Blake Leeper, the joint 100m T43 world record holder, over 100m and 200m.

In mid-June Berlin, Germany will stage the sixth event of the series before the best athletes in the world head to Birmingham, Great Britain for the IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final on 29 June.

Tickets for the Sainsbury’s Grand Prix at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium can be purchased at www.britishathletics.org.uk

* world records still to be ratified by IPC Athletics