The Paris 2022 World Para Athletics Grand Prix will have record participation this year when the Charlety Stadium holds the competition from 9 to 10 June. It is the first edition of the Grand Prix in three years and the first since the French capital was announced as host city of the 2023 World Championships.
After the last two years without public during the COVID pandemic, between 8,000 and 10,000 persons are waiting to cheer at a record number of 752 athletes from 57 countries in Paris. The Grand Prix will be the occasion for both athletes and public to be back in the French capital, two years before Paris the 2024 Paralympic Games.
SUPERSTARS WAITING IN PARIS
The fourth edition of the competition will attract some of the best athletes in the world, like Italian superstar Ambra Sabatini, Paralympic champion at Tokyo 2020, who recently broke the 200m T63 world record in her first international participation at the event at the Jesolo Grand Prix!
There will be plently of local stars such as Dimitri Pavadé, silver medallist at Tokyo 2020, and Mandy François-Elie, who grabbed a Paralympic bronze last year in the women’s 200m T37.
After his breakthrough at the Bydgoszcz 2021 European Championships, Charles-Antoine Kouakou will arrive in the GP as the Paralympic champion in the men’s 400m T20 event, in front of his own public.
Another Tokyo 2020 medallist representing the host nation will be Ronan Pallier, bronze medallist in the men’s long jump T11.
Among international stars superstar Fleur Jong of Netherlands, Paralympic champion last year in the long jump T62, and German sprinter Felix Streng will also be in Paris. For them, it will be a way to test themselves on the stage where they will be in search of the World Championships gold next year.
Two-time Paralympic medallist Adiaratou Iglesias Forneiro of Spain will cross the border to join other international stars like Finnish wheelchair racer Toni Piispanen, also double Paralympic medallist in Japan.
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