China’s long-distance runner Jin Zheng stole the show at the 2013 China Open Athletics Championships this week in Beijing, breaking a new world record – pending IPC Athletics ratification – in the women’s 5,000m T11 race.
Zheng clocked a time of 19:27.90 at what was the second of seven events in the inaugural IPC Athletics Grand Prix.
Athletes from eight different countries took part in the event, with China, Iraq and Chinese Taipei having the highest number of representatives.
On the men’s side, highlights included So Wa Wai of Hong Kong’s victory in the 100m T36 final in a time of 12.74, while China’s Junfeng Shang won the 100m T44 in 13.65 and teammate Kai Zong won the 100m T52/54 in 15.13.
Chinese Taipei’s Chih Chung Chiang won the shot put F11/12 with a mark of 11.20 and Iraq’s Hassain Hameed won the discus final F11 with a distance of 28.32.
In the women’s competition, in addition to Zheng’s feat, China’s Yan Chen won both the 100m T11 and 200m T11 sprints in times of 13.60 and 27.62, respectively.
Chinese Taipei’s Ya Ting Liu dominated the field events, starring in the javelin F12/13 final with a mark of 910.