Sao Paulo Grand Prix: 5 talking points

Records tumbled and stars shone at second meeting on the circuit 02 May 2018
a male athlete throws a shot put

Andre Rocha put in a record-breaking performance at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix

ⒸDaniel Zappe/CPB/MPIX

Sao Paulo, Brazil, played host to the second World Para Athletics Grand Prix of the year last week (26-28 April).

Here are five talking points after all the action.

World record falls

There was one new world record* broken in Sao Paulo - Brazil’s Andre Rocha broke the shot put F53 world record with a best of 8.73m - 1cm further than the previous mark set by Mexico’s Mauro Maximo de Jesus at Beijing 2008.

Hipolito shows great strength – on and off the track

Brazilian Veronica Hipolito captured the hearts of many when she revealed that she was to undergo surgery to remove a tumour in the days following the Grand Prix. The 21-year-old won the 100m T38 in 13.50.

New Americas marks

Regional records fell - Elizabeth Gomes achieved 14.71m in the women’s discus F52 and Cícero Valdiran Nobre extended his own mark in the javelin F57 with 45.18m.

Brazilians top the world

Brazil’s best continue to make their mark on the world stage with the likes of Paralympic 400m T20 champion Daniel Martins and Paralympic discus F11 champion Alessandro Rodrigo posting world leads.

International stars shine

International stars also impressed – Cuba’s Omara Durand tops the 200m T12 rankings and Ethiopia's Tamiru Demisse leads the way in the men’s 1,500m T13.

*subject to ratification by World Para Athletics