Martina Caironi maintains record breaking form in Grosseto

On her home track, the Italian broke her own 200m T42 world record for the second time in two weeks at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix. 15 Jun 2015
Martina Caironi, winces,

Martina Caironi

ⒸLuc Percival

Italy's world and Paralympic champion Martina Caironi showed she is still in the form of her life as she smashed her own 200m T42 world record for the second time in two weeks, this time on home soil on Sunday (14 June) at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Grosseto.

Caironi had hoped to provide the local crowds plenty to cheer about after breaking her own world records in the 100m and 200m T42 and equaling the long jump T42 world record last month.

And she did not disappoint, this time clocking a magnificent 32.29 at the Stadio Olimpico Zecchini - venue for next year's IPC Athletics European Championships - knocking a further 0.03 seconds off her previous world mark.

Rounding off a superb day of action on the Tuscan track, the 25-year-old raced in the 200m T42/43/44 and finished third behind her compatriot, T43 sprinter Giuseppina Versace (30.14) with Great Britain's world bronze medallist Sophie Kamlish (31.04) (T44) second.

"I kept the big surprise till the end," said Caironi afterwards.

"This morning I was ready and felt really good. At the World Championships in Doha I want to run under 15 seconds in the 100m, this is my goal, I know I can make it.

"This year's Grand Prix is an important test towards the 2016 European Championships and I am very happy that we will feel the support and warmth of all Italians here at home."

There was also a world record out in the field on the third and final day of track and field action as Greece's Manolis Stefanoudakis added five centimetres on to the four-year-old javelin F54 world record previously held by Russia's Alexey Kuznetsov.

World bronze medallist in 2013, Stefanoudakis took victory in the men's F54/55 javelin with 29.54m in his final attempt.

"I cannot believe that I broke the world record over here, I didn't expect such a good performance. I wanted to set it in Doha but now this result will push me even harder to get it there too," he said.

South Africa's Ilse Hayes (25.25) - who became the fastest female para-athlete in the world when she raced to 100m victory in world record time at the Brazil Grand Prix two months ago - won the 200m T13/20.

Triple world and Paralympic champion Yunidis Castillo (27.40) maintained her dominance of the T46 sprints winning the 200m T35/37/38/46, with Great Britain's 100m T38 world champion Sophie Hahn (27.96) second, and French double world champion Mandy Francois Elie (T37) third with a new 2015 world lead of 28.70 in her class.

Great Britain's Libby Clegg (26.58) stormed clear of the field to win the 200m T12; Italy's Gaia Rizzi won the T11 (35.50). The T34/53/54 was won by Turkey's Zybeyde (T54) in 32.43, just 0.39 seconds clear of Great Britain's triple European champion Samantha Kinghorn (T53).

In the men's 200m races, in-form Frenchman Pierre Fairbank notched up his fourth win of the meeting as he crossed the line in 28.05 to win the T53/54; his compatriot Timothee Adolphe (23.64) won the T11 race.

Mexico's Jorge Gonzales Sauceda (22.49) sped to the top of the world rankings as he got the better of South Africa's Jonathan Ntutu to win the T12 with the world medallist 0.41 seconds behind in second place.

There was a Turkish one-two in the 200m T13 as Mustafa Kucuk led the way in 24.03 followed by his compatriot Hakan Cira (24.10), and in the T20 event Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Sharahili (23.32) secured a convincing win.

Great Britain's Ben Rowlings (30.64) added to his earlier success in Grosseto with victory in the 200m T34/51/52 as the host country's world bronze medallist Alvise de Vidi (T51) clocked 44.00 for sixth place; Malaysia's Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi - who currently tops the world rankings - won the T35/36 (26.37).

South Africa enjoyed another two wins out on the track as Charl du Toit took the T37 in 23.76, outside his world lead time of 23.52, and Union Sekailwe (24.03) triumphed in the T38.

There were victories for the host nation courtesy of Ismail Sadfi (24.21) in the T46-47 and Emanuele di Marino (T44) in the T42/43/44 (24.55). Denmark's Daniel Jorgensen, fresh from his world record in the long jump on Saturday, was the first of the T42 racers, finishing in 26.82.

Morocco's Tarik Zalzouli (T13) won the 5,000m T11/12/13/20/46 in a time of 15:10.88 with his countryman Abdennabi Assad (T13) second in 15:11.21. Latvia's Juris Kalnins (T53) was victorious in the T53/54 event (20:58.32) and Italy's Ada Maria Ammirata (28:22.40) won the women's 5,000m T11.

The club throw F31/32/51 was won by Great Britain's Thomas Green (F32) who managed 25.86m in his sixth and final attempt, with Saudi Arabia's Radhi Alharthi the best of the T51 competitors with 20.62m.

The men's discus throw F42-44 was dominated by Slovakia's European F44 silver medallist Adrian Matusik who saved his best until last with 50.48m in his final attempt. Luxemburg's European F42 silver medallist Tom Habscheid finished second with 42.24m.

Mohamad Shima won the discus throw F46 well clear of the field - his best was 41.54m, whilst in the women's discus F40-46 Great Britain's Samantha Bowen (F44) clinched the top spot with 27.05m - nearly ten metres clear of the field.

Frenchman Thierry Washetine (F20) took victory in the men's javelin F11-13/20 (47.65m), and the winner in the F56-57 competition was Youssoupha Diouf (F57) - 37.02m his best effort. The women's javelin F11-13/20 was won by Estonia's F20 thrower Sirly Tiik (33.56m).

In the women's shot put F52-57, Latvia's Diana Dadzite (F55) came out on top, throwing 6.82m.

Full results can be found here.

The IPC Athletics Grand Prix series now moves on to Berlin, Germany this week (19-21 June) for the last in the series before the Grand Prix Final which takes place in London, Great Britain on 26 July.