Browne makes it double gold in Doha

American Richard Browne lives up to expectations taking the 100m T44 title in world record time 29 Oct 2015
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Richard Browne is the 100m and 200m world champion from 2015

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US sprinter Richard Browne finally achieved the gold medal he has been waiting for as he stormed to victory in the men’s 100m T44 on day eight of the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships (Thursday 29 October) smashing the world record in the process.

The 24-year-old saw off South Africa’s Arnu Fourie (10.93) and Brazil’s Alan Oliveira (11.02) to take his second gold of the championships in Doha, Qatar, having won the 200m in world record time on Sunday (25 October).

“I’m really happy to break the world record again and to be world champion. I actually wanted to go faster than what I did, I thought I had a bit of a slow start,” said Browne, who clocked 10.61 to knock 0.10 second off Jarryd Wallace’s mark from the Parapan Games.

“Now I am looking forward to the relay with team USA, and then it is on to Rio where I want to repeat this wonderful Doha experience. I want to get a way better time and keep improving.”

Marlou van Rhijn (12.80) smashed her own world record as she sprinted to gold in the women’s 100m T44. The Dutch ‘Blade Babe’ knocked 0.02 seconds off her previous best set in Switzerland this year as she tore through the field to take gold ahead of quick starter Marie-Amelie Le Fur of France (13.12). Bronze went to Trinidad and Tobago’s Nyoshia Cain (13.31).

“It’s been amazing here! I have been so looking forward to these championships, and it is a massive stepping stone to Rio 2016,” said van Rhijn, who returns to the Netherlands as double world champion once again.

Russia’s Margarita Goncharova held on to a narrow lead over her rival Sophie Hahn to take her third gold of Doha 2015. The 24-year-old broke Junfei Chen’s world record which had stood since 2012 as she clinched gold in the 200m T38 (26.61) to add to her 400m and long jump world titles.

“I am in shock, I can’t believe it! I have won my third gold medal and I have broken the world record! I am so happy, just look at my time, I am lost for words,” said Goncharova.

Hahn, who finished second two years ago, had to settle for silver once again (26.82) as Chen won bronze (27.28).

Canada’s Brent Lakatos (1:39.61) also made it a Doha hat trick after speeding off at the gun in the men’s 800m T53. The 100m and 200m champion – and 400m silver medallist - quickly built up a significant lead which proved too much for the rest of the field. China’s Li Huzhao (1:40.46), who beat Lakatos to gold over one lap, took silver this time as Pierre Fairbank of France claimed the bronze (1:40.51).

“We put together a tactic, we planned for this race and thankfully it paid off. I was really determined to get the gold after the silver in my last race, and knew it was all about beating the Chinese,” said Lakatos.

Only 0.08 seconds separated the top three in the men’s 200m T11 in a thrilling photo finish which saw Brazil’s Felipe Gomes take gold on the line.

The 100m silver medallist clocked 22.83 to take the top spot on the podium as Ananias Shikongo of Namibia (22.84) took silver and Gomes’s compatriot Daniel Silva (22.91) won bronze, leaving American world record holder David Brown out of the medals in fourth place.

Ilse Hayes pulled away from the field to take her second world crown in Doha, the women’s 100m T13. The South African crossed the line in 12.37 ahead of France’s Nantenin Keita who managed a season’s best 12.53 while the USA’s Kim Crosby took bronze (12.63).

It was double gold too for Cuba’s Leinier Savon Pineda who added the 200m T12 title to his 100m win on Friday. The 26-year-old made light of a stellar field as he stormed home to take gold with a new Americas record (22.14). South Africa’s Jonathan Ntutu and Russia’s Fedor Trikolich ran seasons bests to take silver and bronze respectively.

European champion Andrey Vdovin also picked up his second gold in Doha as he raced to victory in the 400m T37 (50.99). The 21-year-old already has the 200m title to his name and will be hoping to add the 100m on Saturday.

South Africa’s silver medallist Charl du Toit (51.74) set a new African record for silver and there was an Asian record for bronze medallist Jialong Wu (53.44).

Vdovin’s teammate Dmitri Safronov (12.67) cruised to victory in the 100m T35, his long stride carrying him to the line with ease as he notched up a ‘double double’ having won both sprint events at Lyon 2013. Fellow Russian Artem Kalashian (12.78) took silver while China’s Xinhan Fu (12.90) came through for bronze.

China’s Chengming Liu (1:35.41) powered home to win an electrifying 800m T54, equalling the championship record as the Netherlands’ Kenny van Weeghel (1:35.47) charged through the field in the closing 30 metres to take silver ahead of Switzerland’s Marcel Hug (1:35.66).

China’s Yingli Li ran a strong bend in the women’s 200m T37 and held on to take the tape with an Asian record (28.85) ahead of Russia’s Anna Sapozhnikova (29.27) and Namibia’s Paralympic champion Joanna Benson (29.98).

There was gold for China too in the women’s 5,000m T54 as Lihong Zou (12:10.62) clinched her second title of the championships, powering through on the inside with 150 metres to go, past her teammate Hongzhuan Zhou (12:11.22) who held on for silver ahead of the USA’s Chelsea McClammer (12:11.34).

Victory in the men’s 400m T38 went to Colombia’s Dixon de Jesus Hooker Velasquez who clocked a championship record (52.62) as he took the tape just ahead of South Africa’s Union Sekailwe (52.78). Great Britain’s Shaun Burrows completed the medals (53.45).

Malaysia notched up their first track gold of the championships as Mohamad Mohamad Puzi (12.08) stormed to gold in the men’s 100m T36. A burst of speed from Russia’s long jump world champion Evgenii Torsunov (12.17) in the final 15 metres meant he clinched silver while Ukraine’s Roman Pavlyk (12.35) took bronze.

Canada took gold in the last track final of the evening, the men’s 5,000m T13 as Guillaume Ouellet took to the front with 600m remaining after Morocco’s El Amin Chentouf dropped out.

Ouellet maintained his pace for the final lap to take the win in 15:07.64. Spain’s early leader Alberto Suarez Laso came through in the final 50 metres for silver (15:11.01) as Morocco’s Youssef Benibrahim completed the podium (15:11.89).

Italy’s Martina Caironi clocked a new world record in the heats of the 100m T42, easing up over the line in a scintillating 15.01.

Out in the field, Russia’s Sofia Oksem safely defended the title she won in Lyon as she took gold in the women’s discus F12 with a fourth round championship record (45.35m), a throw that put her more than four metres ahead of silver and bronze medallists Yuping Zhao of China (41.18m) and Orysia Ilchyna of Ukraine (38.87m).

All three medallists in the women’s long jump T12 recorded season’s bests as Ukraine’s Oksana Zubkovska took the top spot with a leap of 6.25m. Algeria’ s Lynda Hamri managed 5.54m for silver, just three centimetres ahead of Spain’s bronze medallist Sara Martinez.

Che Jon Fernandes turned his bronze medal from Lyon 2013 in to gold at Doha 2015 as he took the top spot on the podium in the men’s shot put F53. A new European record of 8.35m sealed gold for the Greek as American Scott Severn (8.14m) repeated his silver medal of two years ago. Bronze went to Ales Kisy (7.69m) of the Czech Republic.

The multi-talented American, Roderick Townsend-Roberts (2.03m) added to his long and triple jump silver medals with gold in the high jump T47. The world championship debutant cleared his opening height of 2.00m with his first attempt and bowed out after three failures at 2.09m. China completed the podium through Hongjie Chen (1.88m) and Wu Zhou (1.85m).

There was gold for China in field as Guangxu Shang (6.47m) added 16 centimetres on to the world record with his opening leap in the long jump T37. Shang only managed one more legal jump but it didn’t matter as he took gold ahead of Iran’s Ali Olfatnia (6.18m) and South Africa’s Andrea Dalle Ave (5.77m).

Shirlene Coelho held off her Chinese rivals to take gold in the javelin F37. The Brazilian threw 37.03m - 83 centimetres off her world record – to win a convincing gold medal as the only competitor to throw over the 30 metre mark. China’s shot put and discus champion Na Mi secured silver (29.70m) and Qianqian Jia clinched bronze (28.95m).

Germany’s world record holder Martina Willing led the women’s javelin F56 from her opening attempt 21.08m and she went even further in the third round with a 22.44m throw that sealed gold ahead of Brazil’s Raissa Rocha Machado (18.82m) and Bulgaria’s Daniela Todorova (18.30m).

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