Arizona Grand Prix: – Five things we learned18.05.2017
More than 270 athletes from 17 countries competed in the latest World Para Athletics Grand Prix.
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Here are the headlines from the recent Arizona Grand Prix in the USA, which took place 12-13 May.
1. Long-lasting records fall
2. Showdown set for London 2017
Great Britain’s Samantha Kinghorn set a new world record in the women’s 200m T53. The 21-year-old’s winning performances in the US have set up a terrific showdown at London 2017 in a class recently dominated by Chinese and Australian Para athletes.
3. Competition is getting tougher
Events are proving highly competitive – in the men’s T52 class US racer Ray Martin, a four-times gold medallist at London 2012 - was beaten over 100m, 400m and 1,500m; US thrower Rachael Morrison regained the club throw F51 world record from Paralympic champion Jo Butterfield; while in the discus F44, only 34cm separated Paralympic champion David Blair and world champion Jeremy Campbell.
4. Young stars in the making
The future looks bright for a number of talented teenagers who won in Arizona - including the USA’s 16-year-old Alexa Halko (T34), 18-year-old Jaleen Roberts (T37), 16-year-old Spencer Kimbro (T53) and 15-year-old Canadian Zachary Gingras (T38).
5. Sprinters beware! US star names race towards World Championships