The 2017 season is not long underway but already world records are falling fast. Here are the marks that have been recognised by World Para Athletics this month.
Newly ratified marks:
Ahmed Naas - men’s discus and javelin F40
The Iraqi thrower, who won javelin F40 silver at the London Paralympic Games in 2012, set two new world records at February’s 1st West Asian Games in Khorfakkan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
In the discus F40 he threw 24.41m, adding 2.09m on to the mark set by Croatian Matija Sloup last May.
In the javelin F40 he set a new world record mark of 37.07m, adding 1.78m on to the mark he threw at Rio 2016.
Nour Alsana - men’s 800m T44
The 800m T44 is a distance not frequently run at World Para Athletics events – the previous time of 2:07.18, set by the USA’s Daniel Andrews, had stood since 2002. Nour, from Saudia Arabia, clocked 2:03.16 in the UAE in February.
Michael Roeger - men’s 1,500m T46
Bronze medallist at both the Worlds at Doha 2015 and the Rio 2016 Paralympics, Australian Roeger smashed the 1,500m T46 world record in Sydney, Australia, in February when he clocked 3:46.51 – nearly four seconds faster than the time set by Kenya’s Abraham Tarbei at London 2012.
Roeger also clocked 14:14.91 over 5,000m at Australia’s Summer of Athletics Grand Prix in Canberra – that mark has yet to be ratified.
Further marks yet to be ratified include the seven world records set at the Dubai World Para Athletics Grand Prix in March:
- Ahmad Almutairi (Kuwait) - men’s 200m T33 –– clocked 29.35 to knock 0.61 seconds off the mark he set in Switzerland last May.
- Hani Alnakhli (Saudi Arabia) - men’s Discus F33 –– throw of 31.03m added 1.53m on to the world record mark he set back in 2015.
- Aigars Apinis (Latvia) - men’s Discus F52 –– throw of 21.91m added 47cm on to the mark he set at the 2015 World Championships.
- Mounia Gasmi (Algeria) - women’s discus F32 –– throw of 11.37m added 17cm on to her previous best set in Tunis two years ago.
- Nadia Medjmedj (Algeria) - women’s discus F56 –– throw of 26.17m added 1.50m on to the previous mark which had stood since 2003.
- Safia Djelal (Algeria) - women’s javelin F57 –– throw of 25.95m added 24cm on to her own previous javelin F57 world record mark.
- Asmahan Boudjadar (Algeria) - women’s javelin F33 –– throw of 12.82m added a phenomenal 83cm to her previous javelin mark set in Dubai twelve months earlier. Boudjadar went on to throw 12.90m at the 7th Sharjah International Open Athletics Meeting in the UAE less than a week later.
Also at the 7th Sharjah International Open Athletics Meeting (25-27 March):
- Aishah Salem Bani Khaled (UAE) - women’s discus F33 –– throw of 11.60m added 9cm on to the mark set by Anthi Liagkou in Greece last July.