Five things we learned from Nottwil

Check out the headlines from a record-breaking Para athletics Grand Prix in Switzerland. 08 Jun 2017
Marcel Hug crosses the finish line at the Nottwil Grand Prix

Home favourite Marcel Hug won all three of his heats in Switzerland.

ⒸAnnemarie Blanco - IPC

World records tumble

A remarkable 11 world records were set in Nottwil in the penultimate Grand Prix of the season – taking the total of world records set so far this year to over 40. Canadian Brent Lakatos and Briton Hannah Cockroft both notched up five records in 10 days in Switzerland.

New track stars emerge

Belgian’s T42 Para athlete Gitte Haenen, a former Thai boxer, raced her first ever 400m – and broke the world record. The 31-year-old only began racing six months ago.

Swiss Silver Bullet gives fans plenty to cheer about

Home favourite Marcel Hug was cheered round the track by scores of local fans, winning his 800m, 1,500m and 5,000m T54 heats.

Key rivalries are hotting up

The rivalry between T44 long jumpers Stef Reid of Great Britain and Dutchwoman Marlene van Gansewinkel is heating up – only 17cm separated the pair in Nottwil, while in the men’s 100m T51 it’s hard to split Finland’s Toni Piispanen and Belgium’s Peter Genyn.

World Para Athletics Championships getting closer

The World Para Athletics Championships in London, Great Britain are now less than 40 days away – Nottwil was a final chance for many to see their biggest rivals in action.