June's record breakers

14 Para athletics records smashed in the last month. 06 Jul 2017
three wheelchair athletes celebrate winning races

Ahmad Almutairi, Walid Ktil, Hannah Cockroft all broke world Para athletics records in June.

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The month of June saw a phenomenal 11 world records fall at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Nottwil, Switzerland, with records* also tumbling elsewhere around the world.

Here is a round-up:

World Para Athletics Grand Prix - Nottwil, Switzerland (2-5 June)

Men’s 100m T33 – Ahmad Almutairi (KUW)

Almutairi equalled his mark set two years earlier with a time of 16.46.

Men’s 200m T33 – Ahmad Almutairi (KUW)

The Kuwaiti took 0.35 seconds off his best set in Dubai in March with a time of 29.00.

Men’s 200m T34 – Walid Ktila (TUN)

The four-time 2015 world champion knocked 0.03 seconds off the mark he set in Arbon, Switzerland a few days earlier – this time clocking 26.18.

Men’s 200m T42 – Richard Whitehead (GB)

Whitehead, the reigning world and Paralympic champion in the men’s 200m T42, knocked 0.02 seconds off his own world record as he stormed home in 23.01.

Men’s 200m T51 – Peter Genyn (BEL)

The Paralymic and world gold medallist lowered the mark he set in Nottwil a year earlier with a time of 36.62.

Women’s 400m T42 – Gitte Haenen (BEL)

Competing in her first ever 400m race, Haenen crossed the line in a world record 1:28.76.

Men’s 1,500m T34 – Walid Ktila (TUN)

Ktila took nearly two second off his previous best as he clocked 3:09.93.

Women’s 1,500m T34 – Hannah Cockroft (GB)

Cockroft’s time of 3:50.22 was more than 11 seconds quicker than the previous time set by fellow Briton Melissa Nicolls three years ago.

Men’s 1,500m T53/54 – Brent Lakatos (CAN)

Lakatos crossed the line in 2:51.84 – taking more than two seconds off the previous mark set by Swiss racer Marcel Hug which had stood since 2010.

Women’s 5,000m T11 – Louzanne Coetzee (RSA)

The South African lowered her world record in the women’s 5,000m T11, knocking more than one minute off the mark she set last year with a time of 18:14.27.

Mens 5,000m T34 – Ben Rowlings (GB)

Rowlings broke his first ever world record, clocking 12:02.00 in the men’s 5,000 T34 as he knocked nearly 20 seconds off the previous mark set by the USA’s Austin Pruitt in 2014.

World records set elsewhere around the world in June:

Men’s 400m T36 – James Turner (AUS)

The 800m T36 Paralympic champion clocked 52.99 seconds on Australia’s Gold Coast– 0.24 seconds faster than his previous best.

Men’s shot put F52 – Andre Rocha (BRA)

Rocha added a further 14cm on to his previous shot put best with his opening round throw of 11.60m at the Berlin Grand Prix in Germany.

Men’s discus F52 – Andre Rocha (BRA)

Twenty-four hours later, Rocha added 15cm on to the discus F52 world record with his first throw of the day – a massive 23.24m.

(*All marks are subject to ratification by the IPC)

Further marks ratified in June:

Men’s discus throw F32 - Athanasios Konstantinidis (GRE)

Konstantinidis threw a massive 18.39m at the Hellenic National Athletics Championships in May, improving on his own world record set last year.

Men’s long jump T43 – Ioannis Sevdikalis (GRE)

Also at the Hellenic National Athletics Championships, Sevdikalis leapt an impressive 6.00m.

Women’s discus throw F33 - Anthi Liagkou (GRE)

At the 2nd Para Athletics Meeting in Athens, Greece, in May, Liagkou threw 11.67m – 7cm further than the previous best.

Men’s shot put F46 – Joshua Cinnamo (USA)

Competing in Chula Vista, Cinnamo threw 15.98m in May.

Men’s javelin F38 – Mohammad Naeiminia (IRI)

Naeiminia threw 52.38m at the Iran National Championships in May.

Men’s discus throw F40 - Matija Sloup (CRO)

Sloup managed a best of 25.62m at the 2017 Croatian Open, in May, adding over a metre on to the mark set by Ahmed Naas earlier this year.

Women’s 400m T20 – Breanna Clark (USA)

Clark, who won gold in her Paralympic debut in Rio, shaved over one second off the previous record set in 2015 to cross the finish line at the U.S Nationals in 56.71.

Men’s high jump T13 - Isaac Jean-Paul (USA)

Isaac cleared 2.10m at the U.S Nationals in Los Angeles.

Men’s shot put F41 – Niko Kappel (GER)

Germany’s Paralympic champion threw 13.78m at the Internationales Ludwig-Jall Sportfest in Munich, setting up a thrilling encounter with Poland’s reigning world champion Bartosz Tyszkowski at London 2017.