Germany’s Rehm on seventh heaven

'I really hope that people realise what amazing athletes we have here in the World Championships' 13 Nov 2019
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Markus Rehm
UNSTOPPABLE: Germany's Markus Rehm in action during the men’s long jump T64 final at the Dubai 2019 World Athletics Championships.
ⒸLuc Percival | For World Para Athletics
By Paloma Gutierrez | World Para Athletics

DUBAI: Two-time Paralympic champion long jumper Markus Rehm came to Dubai with one mission, a gold medal in the men’s long jump T64 and he needed only the first of his six jumps to accomplish it.

The German’s victory on Wednesday’s evening session was his seventh in World Championships and the fifth in the event. Since Christchurch 2011 no one else has won the long jump in his class.

“Defending my title was definitely my goal tonight. I’m really happy about it, even if the conditions today were not so easy. Next time, in Tokyo, I hope to manage another win,” said the German, who won with a leap of 8.17m.

France’s Dimitri Pavade (7.25m) finished with silver and South Africa’s Mpumelelo Mhlongo (7.07m) settled for bronze, his second medal at Dubai 2019.

Though Rehm has ruled the roost for several years now, he feels the competition is becoming tougher.  

“The pressure is there all the time. The guys are hungry [for triumph] and I can see some other nations coming closer. I’m especially happy for Dimitri [Pavade], it was super cool when he jumped that distance,” commended Rehm.  

“I really hope that people realise what amazing athletes we have here in the World Championships and that many people will join us next year in Tokyo 2020,” said Rehm, whose effort allowed Germany to swell their gold tally to six.

Jason Smyth’s bags eighth World title

Ireland’s Jason Smyth, with a time of 10.54seonds in the 100m T13, bettered his championships record from Lyon 2013 to win his eighth World title.

“When I look back to the year and I think about keeping the titles and retaining marks, I just feel satisfaction and also a little bit of relief. Now it’s been more than 20 titles [in major international competitions].

“The pressure is an advantage for me. It’s really good to use it because you take parts of the negative first, than the positive,” Smyth said.

Australia’s Chad Perris (10.86) finished second and Namibia’s Johannes Nambala (10.98) third.  

Three new World records

Indonesia took their first gold medal at the 2019 World Championships with 18-year-old Karisma Tiarani setting a new World record in the women’s 100m T63 (14.72seconds).

Great Britain’s Sophie Hahn (25.92Sseconds) took her second gold medal at Dubai 2019 and bettered the World record in the women’s 200m T38.

The third World record of the evening came with China’s Li Liu (12.05m) in the men’s shot put F32. It was one of three Chinese victories on Wednesday evening. The other two with Yiting Shi (13.62m) in the women’s 100m T36 and Cuiqing Liu (24.89m) in the women’s 200m T11.

Brazil and USA clinched two gold medals each. Lucas Prado (10.95seconds) won the men’s 100m T11 and Joao Teixeira (52.76m) finished first in the men’s discus throw T37.

Roderick Townsend-Roberts (2.03m) kept his title in the men’s high jump F47, while Deja Young (24.47seconds) took gold in the women’s 200m T47 for USA.

Peter Genyn (37.90) gave Belgium their first victory at Dubai 2019 in the men’s 200m T51.

All medallists, records and results from the World Para Athletics Championships can be found on the Dubai 2019 microsite https://www.paralympic.org/dubai-2019/.

Competition resumes on Monday and you can follow live on World Para Athletics website, Facebook  and Twitter pages.