Paris Grand Prix – Five things we learned

The French capital staged a World Para Athletics Grand Prix for the first time this week. 01 Jun 2017
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Here is a recap of the headlines from the Paris World Para Athletics Grand Prix which took place in France 30-31 May:

Paris puts itself on the map

The French capital hosted the World Para Athletics Grand Prix series for the very first time – and it proved a great success, with French Sports Minister Laura Flessel making a special visit to watch the action.

High hopes for home favourites

French Para athletes Mandy Francois-Elie (T37), Nantenin Keita (T13) and Timothee Adolphe (T11) will all be hoping to do their country proud at July’s World Championships - all broke national records at the Stade Charléty.

South Africans out in force

South African Para athletes made their mark in Paris – there were wins for Anrune Liebenberg (T47) Hilton Langenhoven (T12), Jonathan Ntutu (T12), Dyan Buis (T38) and Charl du Toit (T37) while Reinhardt Hamman impressed in the javelin F38. Arnu Fourie also lowered his own 200m T44 African record.

Germany’s Johannes Floors makes his intentions clear

Johannes Floors, a member of Germany’s Paralympic 4x100m T42-47 gold medal-winning quartet, is determined to make it to the top of the London 2017 podium by himself this year. He looks to be heading in the right direction having set new 100m and 200m T43 European records in Paris.

Paralympic stars preparing for World Championships

Algeria’s Abdellatif Baka (1,500m T13), Morocco’s Mohamed Amguoun (400m T13), Malaysians Muhammad Zolkefli (shot put F20) and Mohamad Mohamad Puzi (100m T36) and Italy’s Martina Caironi (100m T42) were amongst the stars from Rio 2016 who lined up in Paris keen to test their form before London 2017.