Poland’s reigning Paralympic and world champion Ewa Durska threw a world record 14.10m in the final round of the women’s shot put F20 to add the European title to her impressive collection.
Durska, 39, has two Paralympic and four world titles to her name already, and proved too good for her rivals once again as Russia’s Antonina Baranova and Portugal’s Ines Fernandes took silver and bronze respectively.
There was a second gold medal for Poland, who sit third in the medals table, on Thursday morning.
Lukasz Wietecki is the current world ranked number four in the men’s 5,000m T13 and he started as favourite in the Carlo Zecchini Stadium – he lived up to expectations too, finishing well clear of his rivals in 15:48.52.
But it is Russia who lead the way in the medal standings and they added another five golds on Thursday morning – taking their total to 47 golds and 117 medals overall with just the afternoon session to come.
World silver medallist Egor Sharov safely retained the 400m T13 gold he won in Swansea, Great Britain, two years ago, setting a new European record in the process.
The 27-year-old raced in the outside lane and quickly extended his lead, knocking 0.05 seconds off the European record he set at last year’s World Championships as he finished in 48.37 ahead of his teammate Aleksei Labzin (50.16).
The final gold out on the track on Thursday morning also went to Russia as world bronze medallist Evgenii Torsunov held off Great Britain’s Graeme Ballard to win the 200m T36 in 25.54.
The win means Torsunov takes home a hat trick of gold medals this week – the 100m, 200m, and long jump T36 – and the 25-year-old will undoubtedly pose a major threat to double Paralympic champion Evgenii Shvetsov come Rio 2016.
Results went to form in the men’s shot put F32 as the world champion Vladislav Frolov safely held on to the European title he won two years ago with a third round throw of 9.77m, a championship record mark which takes the 24-year-old to second in the world rankings.
Poland’s Maciej Sochal, who sits third behind Frolov and Algeria’s Lahouari Bahlaz in the world rankings, finished more than one metre behind to take the silver.
Russia’s world bronze medallist Andrei Poroshin won the men’s long jump T38 after leaping 5.72m in the third round, and his teammate Aleksandr Khrupin got the better of fellow Russian Evgenii Malykh and Germany’s Daniel Scheil in the men’s shot put F33.
The trio finished on the podium at both last year’s World Championships and the European Championships in 2014, with world record holder Malykh taking gold on both occasions. But only Khrupin threw over the 10 metre mark this time, winning gold with a best of 10.06m.
French middle distance man Louis Radius secured his second gold of the Championships as he won the men’s 800m T38 to add to the 1,500m gold he won on Sunday.
Lithuania’s Mindaugas Bilius also secured his second gold of Grosseto 2016, winning the men’s discus F37 with a best of 49.23m to add to the shot put title he won on Tuesday.
The 2016 IPC Athletics European Championships conclude on Thursday afternoon with a final 17 medals to be decided.
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