China impress on field events at Beijing Grand Prix15.05.2017
Liwan Yang took shot put gold to complete hat trick, successful showing for host nation.
China’s Paralympic stars continued to make their mark on the third and final day of competition on Monday (15 May) at the Beijing Grand Prix.
With less than nine weeks to go until the start of the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships, many of China’s leading Para athletes have made a big impression over the three days of competition – particularly in the field events.
Monday’s action saw Paralympic shot put champion Liwan Yang (F54) complete a hat trick of Grand Prix victories with gold in the women’s javelin F34/53/54 to add to her shot put and discus wins over the previous two days.
Yang, who won silver in the javelin at the 2015 World Championships, threw 17.55m – three centimetres farther than her best at Rio 2016, where she finished fourth.
China’s Tongqing Shen saw off world record holder and Paralympic bronze medallist Pengxiang Sun to win the men’s javelin F41. The 26-year-old’s fourth-round effort of 41.92m beat Sun’s best of 40.56m on the day.
Multiple world and Paralympic champion Juan Yao failed to get near her world record mark of 40.51m in the women’s javelin F44, but 34.63m was enough for the win.
Reigning world champion Chunliang Guo’s opening round throw of 52.42m – his only valid mark of the competition – was enough for gold in the javelin F46.
China’s two-time triple jump world champion and world record holder Fuliang Liu showed he’s still the man to beat as he hopped, skipped and jumped his way to gold with a distance of 13.90m in the triple jump T47.
There were wins for Para athletes from outside China too. Syria secured two golds as Alaa Abdul Salam (F53) won the men’s javelin F53/55 with a first-round throw of 16.65m, and teammate Bassam Sawsak (F42) reached 43.41m to take gold in the F42/44.
Back out on the track, world bronze medallist Dongdong Di clinched his third gold of the Grand Prix with a win in the 400m T11. The 23-year-old clocked 53.89 seconds to go second in the world rankings behind Brazilian Daniel Silva.
Malaysia also earned a place at the top of the podium thanks to Asian Para Games champion Siti Noor Iasah Mohamad Ariffin (1:01.41) in the women’s 400m T20, with teammate Mohd Raduan Emeari (1:03.62) winning the men’s T36 equivalent.
In the day’s 1,500m races, China’s Rio 2016 finalist Jing Ma (3:33.66) pipped Paralympic marathon champion Lihong Zou (3:33.93) to the line in the T54 race, while Chengming Liu (3:05.19) reasserted his strength in the men’s T54 class, finishing well clear of his rivals.
Full results can be found here.
The 2017 World Para Athletics Grand Prix series continues in Paris, France from 30-31 May.