Paralympic Games
24 August - 5 September 2021

Sport Week: Para athletics top rivalries

Four head to head actions that you must see at the Paralympic Games 28 Feb 2020
Johannes Floors
Johannes Floors (right) will have tough competition in the T64 class
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By World Para Athletics

Tokyo 2020 will see some of the biggest rivalries in the Paralympic Movement in the Para athletics events. 

Here are some of the head to heads to look out for:

Men’s 100m T64
Johannes Floors (GER) v Jonnie Peacock (GBR)

Peacock was transformed in a national hero in his home country after the gold at the London 2012 Games followed by another victory at Rio 2016. He missed the Dubai 2019 World Championships due to injury and saw Floors become the fastest blade runner in history with a new World Record (10.55). 

Their highly-anticipated meeting is scheduled to 31 August at the Olympic Stadium.


Men’s 1500m T13
Abdellatif Baka (ALG) v Jaryd Clifford (AUS)

Baka made headlines all over the world after his win at the Rio 2016 Games when all top four places clocked times faster than the gold medal winner at the Olympic Games that took place in the same track a month earlier. The Algerian arrived at the Dubai Worlds last year as one of the stars of the championships but 19-year-old Clifford stole the show. Now they will meet again in Tokyo on 1 September.


Women’s 100m & 200m T47
Brittni Mason (USA) v Deja Young (USA)

Young arrived at the Dubai World Championships last year as the reigning world (and Paralympic) champion but was dethroned by her USA teammate who took the women’s 100m T47 gold with a new World Record of 11.89. One day later, Young came back to win the 200m T47 with Mason finishing fourth. The 100m T47 final will take place on 1 September.


Women’s Discus Throw F11
Asunta Legnante (ITA) v Liangmin Zhang (CHN)

Zhang is a two-time Paralympic champion who arrived at the Dubai World Championships last year as the world record holder and favourite to more gold. But shot put F12 winner Legnante had other plans and took the lead in the penultimate of her six attempts to become the new world champion. They have a new meeting scheduled to the morning of 1 September in Tokyo.