Doha 2015: Preview of Wednesday’s action

Walid Ktila, Omara Durand and Cuiqing Liu are all chasing their third gold medals at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships. 28 Oct 2015
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Ciuqing Liu of China competes in the women's 100m T11 at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

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Tunisia’s king of the track Walid Ktila goes for an impressive third gold medal of the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships as he lines up in the final of the 100m T34 on Wednesday (28 October).

The reigning world and Paralympic champion will be hard to beat but the race for silver and bronze should be a thriller with the likes of Switzerland’s Bojan Mitic. UAE’s Mohamed Hammadi and Finland’s Henry Manni also in the field.

China’s visually impaired athlete Cuiqing Liu will be hoping to celebrate her 24th birthday in style tonight as she goes in the final of the women’s 100m T11.

Liu continues to dominate the women’s T11 sprints having already won gold in the 200m and 400m, knocking Brazil’s Terezhina Guilhermina off the top spot in both events. Victory tonight will confirm a hat-trick of gold medals with the 4x100m relay still to come.

Cuba’s Omara Durand is another athlete in scintillating form in Doha, and another athlete looking for a golden hat trick. The 24-year-old has already set three world records in Doha on her way to two gold medals and she will go in the 100m T12 as the hot favourite once again.

Great Britain’s Richard Whitehead broke his own world record in the qualifiers for tonight’s 200m T42 final, clocking 24.10. The reigning champion lines up alongside his teammate Dave Henson, who reaches the final in his first ever World Championships. Australia’s Scott Reardon will be hoping to add to this gold over 100m – watch out too for Russia’s Anton Prokhorov.

Another Briton going for gold in the Qatar Sports Club venue tonight is Hannah Cockroft. The 23-year-old already has the 100m T34 title under her belt but the 800m could prove a far tougher quest. Watch out for Cockroft’s young teammate, 14-year-old Kare Adenegan, who has beaten Cockroft over 400m already this year.

The women’s 400m T44 could provide plenty of excitement as Marie Amelie Le Fur goes up against Germany’s Irmgard Bensusan in the 400m T44. The Frenchwoman was in scintillating form when she won gold in the long jump on day one of competition and as the European champion she will have high hopes for another major title.

Yunidis Castillo and Anrune Liebenberg do battle once more in Doha after a thrilling 400m T47 race on Monday which saw the South African come out on top. This time it’s the 200m - watch out too for the USA’s Deja Young, winner of the second semi-final.

Kuwait could secure their first gold of the championships if Ahmad Almutairi continues his run of form in the men’s 100m T33 event. Almutairi lines up as the strong favourite having broken the world record just last month.

Out in the field Great Britain’s Aled Davies takes on the discus F42 having already won gold in the shot put in Doha. Hoping to spoil Davies’ plans is a field including Luxemburg’s Tom Habscheid, Czech Jaroslav Petrous and the Chinese duo Yanlong Fu and Guofeng Kang.

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