Canada’s Brent Lakatos and Australia’s Angie Ballard will be hoping to land their third golds from as many races at Doha 2015 when both compete in their respective finals on Tuesday (27 October) evening, day six of the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
After winning the 100m and 200m T53 titles so far, championship record holder Lakatos will be a strong contender for gold in the men’s 400m but may face his most difficult race yet after the USA’s Brian Siemann qualified fractionally quicker. France’s Pierre Fairbank is also likely to mount a major bid for the top podium position.
World record holder Ballard will line-up in the women’s 800m T53 knowing that the US duo of Chelsea McClammer and Shirley Reilly pose the biggest threats to her third win. The Chinese pair of Hongzhuan Zhou and Lisha Huang will also be contenders for medals.
The race of the evening could be the men’s 100m T47. It will pitch Brazil’s world record holder Yohansson Nascimento against Poland’s defending champion Michal Derus. Nascimento qualified quickest in this morning’s heats with 11.04, fractionally ahead of Hao Wang (11.05) who could upstage everyone and land another gold for Chinese medal table topping team.
The men’s 400m T54 is wide open and could be anyone’s race. Switzerland’s Marcel Hug is the defending champion but he only scraped through to the final whereas China’s Chenming Liu was the fastest qualifier. Germany’s Marc Schuh leads this year’s world rankings but he may be hampered by starting in lane eight. The Netherlands’ Kenny van Weeghel, winner of the 200m, will fancy his chances of picking up a medal and few would doubt the ability of Rawat Tana after the Thai won 1,500m and 5,000m gold already in Doha.
Lohong Liu and Wenjun Liu of China will be difficult to beat in the women’s equivalent race.
Ilse Hayes will make her first appearance of Doha 2015 on Tuesday evening. Earlier this year the South African held the title of world’s fastest para-athlete for a few months, and the popular 30-year-old starts as a strong favourite for gold in the women’s 200m T13.
In the field, the USA’s Rachael Morrison and Great Britain’s Joanna Butterfield will renew their rivalry in the women’s discus T52. Butterfield got the better of world record holder Morrison in the club throw earlier in the week, but on paper the US T51 world record holder will start as favourite.
The men’s discus F11 is expected to be a two-horse race between Spain’s world record holder David Casinos Sierra and Italy’s Oney Tapia.
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