Five things we learned from the Sao Paulo Grand Prix

After the season’s third Grand Prix, here are the main talking points. 26 Apr 2017
Petrucio Ferreira dos Santos won the gold medal in the T45/46/47 - Men's 100m - Athletics

Petrucio Ferreira dos Santos - Rio 2016

ⒸWagner Meier for the IPC

Here are the headlines from the recent Sao Paulo Grand Prix in Brazil, which took place 21-23 April:

1. Vital World Championship qualification up for grabs

Fourteen of Brazil’s top Para athletes achieved the qualification standards required to secure places on their national team for July’s London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships.

2. More world records broken

Two world records were set, both in discus throw events - Alessandro Rodrigo reached 44.66m in the men's F11 – breaking a record that had stood for 19 years. Thiago Paulino threw a massive 48.04m in the men's discus F57.

3. On-fire Ferreira leads the world

Rio 2016 star Petrucio Ferreira continues to impress – he won the 100m and 200m T47, both in world lead times.

4. Guilhermina still going strong

Former Paralympic T11 sprints champion Terezinha Guilhermina tried out the long jump for the first time – and finished an admirable second – just 5cm shy of Rio 2016 bronze medallist Lorena Spoladore.

5. Oliveira still out of shape

After disappointing at Rio 2016, former world champion sprinter Alan Oliveira still appears out of sorts. His 100m time of 12.70 seconds was more than two seconds outside of his T43 world record set in 2013.

The 2017 World Para Athletics Grand Prix series now heads to Reiti, Italy from 5-7 May.