Para sport review: August 2017

Athletics, blind sports and equestrian among the highlights 31 Aug 2017
a group of Para athletes celebrate their victories

It was another record breaking month for Para sport in August

ⒸGetty Images / Luc Percival

International Canoe Federation (ICF) 2017 World Championships

Brazil’s Luis Carlos Cardoso da Silva (men’s VL1) picked up his fifth Para canoe world title in Racice, Czech Republic. Australia landed three golds through Curtis McGrath (men’s KL2), Amanda Reynolds (women’s KL3) and Susan Seipel (women’s VL2), while British Paralympic champion Emma Wiggs (women’s KL2) claimed her fourth world title.

International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Blind Football European Championships

Russia were crowned champions in Berlin, Germany, following a 4-3 win over Spain on penalties after the final finished 1-1 at full time. Russia, Spain, England, France and Turkey qualified for the 2018 World Championships, set to take place in Madrid, Spain.

2017 International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) European Judo Championships

In one of the most shocking results, Ukraine’s world No.1 Dmytro Solovey and Azerbaijan’s Paralympic gold medallist Ramil Gasimov got knocked out in the men’s -73kg semi-finals. Ilham Zakiyev claimed his seventh successive European titles and Azerbaijan won both the men’s and women’s team competitions to top the overall medals table.

Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Para Equestrian European Championships

British riders and debutants Suzanna Hext and Julie Payne won gold medals in their individual and freestyle competitions in Gothenburg, Sweden. Great Britain still remains unbeaten in Para equestrian team competitions at European, Worlds and Paralympic level since major international competition started in 1996.

Nottwil 2017 World Para Athletics Junior Championships

The first World Junior Championships were held in the Swiss town with around 270 young athletes from 40 National Paralympic Committees competing. South Africa's Ntando Mahlangu delivered arguably the best performance in the event, winning all four of his events and setting a world record along the way.

ITF Super Series – British Open

World No.1 players Gustavo Fernandez, Yui Kamiji and David Wagner extended their respective advantages at the top of the men’s, women’s and quad singles rankings after each collected their latest Super Series titles in Nottingham, Great Britain.