Para sport review: July 2018

Sitting Volleyball Worlds the highlight of an action-packed month 31 Jul 2018 By IPC

Sitting Volleyball World Championships

The Russian* women’s and Iranian men’s teams were crowned world champions in the Netherlands. Russia beat Paralympic gold medallists USA 3-1 in the final to claim their first world title, while Iran defeated defending champions Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-0 for an incredible seventh crown.


Sweden’s Stefan Olsson and Netherlands’ Diede de Groot took their second consecutive men’s and women’s singles titles in the All England Club. The first quad doubles exhibition match at Wimbledon also took place.

Berlin Grand Prix

Brazilian Elizabeth Gomes was the star as she broke world records in the women’s shot put and javelin F52, adding to the one she set in the discus F52 at the Paris Grand Prix two weeks earlier.

European Para Triathlon Championships

Two years and one day after losing her leg, Great Britain’s Hannah Moore won the continental title in the women’s PTS4. The 21-year-old was one of five British winners in Tartu, Estonia.

International Triathlon Union World Cup

Two-time track and field Paralympian Jon Dunkerley gave Canada the victory in the men’s PTVI category.

Para Cycling Road World Cup

USA’s two-time Paralympic champion William Groulx delivered a standout performance by winning gold in the men’s time trial and road race H2 in Emmen, Netherlands, between 6 and 8 July.

Wheelchair Fencing World Cup

Italian star Beatrice Vio defeated Thailand’s Saysunee Jana 15-7 in the final of the women’s foil B to achieve her eighth consecutive win since taking gold at Rio 2016.

Pan America Para Taekwondo Open

Mexico ended top of the medals table courtesy of Claudia Romero (women’s up to 49kg K44), Juan Diego Garcia Lopez (men’s up to 75 kg K44) and Jessica Garcia Quijano (women’s up to 58 kg K44), all of whom took gold in their categories in Washington, USA.

Anniversary Games

Great Britain’s 17-year-old Kare Adenegan knocked more than three tenths of a second off Paralympic and world champion Hannah Cockroft’s previous best in the women’s 100m T34, crossing the line in 16.80.

World and Paralympic champion Sophie Hahn was also in world record-breaking form as she clocked 25.93 in the women’s 200m T38.

British Open

Just a week after claiming the Wimbledon title, De Groot again emerged triumphant on British soil as she won the fifth Super Series of the year.

Belgian Open

Gustavo Fernandez clinched the men’s title for a fifth time after beating home crowd favourite Joachim Gerard 6-4, 6-3 in the final. It was his fifth title this season and the 42nd of his career.

Swiss Open

USA’s David Wagner wrapped up his 12th Swiss Open quad singles title after defeating Brazilian second seed Ymanitu Silva 6-2, 6-4.

Povoa World Open

World No. 1s Greg Polychronidis (BC3) of Greece and David Smith (BC1) of Great Britain won gold in their respective categories and will head into August’s boccia Worlds full of confidence.

World Para Triathlon Series

Home favourite Stefan Daniel and compatriot Jessica Tuomela gave the crowds plenty to cheer as they won the men’s PTS5 and women’s PTVI races in Edmonton, Canada.