Eighteen gold medals will be decided on the final day of competition at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar (Saturday 31 October), as Tunisia’s Walid Ktlia goes for a remarkable fourth title in the Middle East.
The multiple world record holder take on the 200m T34 this time, having already safely held on to his 100m, 400, and 800m titles from two years ago. He will no doubt be hard to beat again today.
The women’s 400m T34 also takes place with Great Britain’s world record holder Hannah Cockroft hoping to reach the top of the podium for a third time in the city’s Suhaim Bin Hamam stadium.
The 23-year-old has already won the 100m and 800m world titles but she will have to watch out for her young compatriot Kare Adenegan who came out on top when the pair raced over one lap in Great Britain just a few weeks ago.
Defending champion Evgenii Shvetcov goes for gold in the men’s 200m T36, while his teammate Andrey Vdovin will be hoping to pick up his third gold of Doha 2015, this time in the 100m T37. South Africans Charl du Toit and Fanie van der Merwe are amongst those hoping to upset the Russian’s plans.
China’s Wenjun Zhou was the fastest qualifier in the heats of the men’s 100m T38 – can he get past the likes of South Africa’s Dyan Buis and Brazil’s Edson Pinheiro, who won silver and bronze at Lyon 2013, in today’s final?
A number of relays also take place on the track, starting with the men’s 4x100m T11-13. China, Uzbekistan, defending champions Russia, and world record holders Spain battle it out for gold.
The women’s 4x100m T35-38 sees teams from Great Britain, China and Australia take on the world record holders Russia, while in men’s 4x100 T42-47 seven teams line up, including the world record holders and defending champions, the USA.
There are also men’s and women’s 4x400m T53/54 races - the men’s event includes teams from Thailand, Russia, France and world record holders China.
In the field events, Italy’s 2013 world champion Assunta Legnante will be hoping to reach the top of the podium once again in the shot put F12, whilst victory for China’s Yanzhang Wang in the men’s discus F34 would mean a second title in Doha for the 24-year-old who has already triumphed in the javelin.
Great Britain’s Hollie Arnold tops the rankings in the javelin F46 this year with a throw of 40.29m – she faces a tough field including Poland’s Katarzyna Piekart who won Paralympic gold at London 2012, as well as Australia’s Madeleine Hogan and New Zealand’s Holly Robinson, ranked second and third in the world this year respectively.
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