Beijing Grand Prix: Five of the best

A look back at some of the highlights ahead of this year’s edition 07 May 2018
a male Para athlete throwing a javelin

Aleksandr Svechnikov came to the world's attention at the 2016 Beijing Grand Prix

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Beijing, China is the destination for the third World Para Athletics Grand Prix of 2018, where three days of world class track and field action gets underway on Friday 11 May.

Want to know what to expect? Here are five top moments from the past to give you an idea...

1. World records are aplenty in Beijing – and Wang Jun made sure she bagged two of her own in 2017, adding the javelin F35 and discus F35 marks to the shot put best she already had under her belt.

2. Uzbekistan’s Aleksandr Svechnikov put himself on the map at the Beijing Grand Prix in 2016, throwing the javelin a F13 world lead of 62.43m at just 17 years old. Svechnikov went on to win gold on his Paralympic Games debut at Rio 2016.

3. Four world records were broken in Beijing in 2016, including the women’s shot put F54. Home grown talent Yang Liwan made clear her intentions for the season with a record mark of 7.90m. Yang also went on to win gold at Rio 2016.

4. In 2015, China’s Hu Jianwen added an impressive 31cm on to the previous long jump T38 world record, leaping 6.79m.

5. There were no fewer than 10 new Asian records set in just one day’s action in 2015. China’s Liu Cuiqing (200m T11) and Zhou Guohua (200m T12) and Malaysia’s Adbul Latif Romly (long jump T20) were amongst those who made their mark.