It has taken four days, but finally track world records fell at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico on Thursday (17 November).
Two world records had already fallen in the field in previous days, and today three track records were broken in sprint races on a day when Brazil claimed nine of the 24 gold medals available.
First up was Brazil’s Yohansson Nascimento (22.24) who claimed the first track world record beating his own previous best T45 time in the men’s T46 race.
In an extremely competitive race that saw the first four finishers under 23 seconds, Cuba’s Ettiam Calderon (22.54) broke the T46 Games record for silver, while Venezuela’s Samuel Colmenares (22.72) claimed bronze.
The second world record of the day fell in the women’s 100m T13 when Cuba’s Omara Durand (11.99) blasted away the opposition to streak away for gold and break a 15 year old record set in 1996 by USA’s Maria Runyan (12.28). The Brazilian pair of Viviane Soares (13.05) and Joana Helena Silva (13.28) came second and third.
The final world record of the day fell in the women’s 100m T34 through USA’s Kristen Messer (21.90) who smashed a 12 year old T33 record on her way to gold. Her teammate Carleigh Dewald (23.36) took silver with Canada’s Christy Campbell (23.05) taking bronze.
The first race of the day, the men’s 800m T54, was a fairly controversial one. Venezuela’s Juan Valladares (1:41.51) thought he had won the race but was later disqualified for breaking too early. As a result gold went to Mexico’s Saul Mendoza Hernandez (1:42.71), silver Colombia’s Sairo Moises Fernandez Lopez (1:42.89), and the bronze Mexico’s Martin Velasco Soria (1:43.38)
The first Games record of the day fell in the men’s 800m T37. Argentina’s Mariano Dominguez (2:10.88) put in a great final lap to take gold ahead of Brazil’s Francisco Daniel Coelho Da Silva (2:16.04) and Canada’s Shayne Dobson (2:19.06) who took silver and bronze respectively.
In the very next race the first Americas record of the day fell in the men’s 200m T36. Colombia’s Jose Florez (26.89) sprinted clear ahead of USA’s Tommy Chasanoff (27.23) the former record holder.
Brazil’s Edson Pinheiro (24.03) was just outside his Games record in winning the men’s 200m T38. He finished clear of Canada’s Kyle Edward Whitehouse (24.37) and Pinheiro’s teammate Paulo Pereira (24.41).
Argentina’s Hernan Bareto (27.70) was extremely impressive in the men’s 200m T35 smashing the Americas record by more than four seconds. Silver went to Mexico’s Pedro Marquez Villanueva Jr (30.78).
USA’s first gold of the day came from Chelsea McClammer (34.55) in the women’s 200m T53 in a Games record time. After wining the 100m yesterday, it was her second gold and she finished ahead of Mexico’s Evelyn Enciso (35.74) and Venezuela’s Yadira Soturno (36.74).
Like McClammer, Brazil’s Ariosvaldo Fernandes Silva (26.74) also completed a sprint double with victory in the men’s 200m T53 in a Games record. Silver went to Venezuela’s Jesus Aguilar (27.29) and USA’s Zach Abbott (28.03) claimed bronze.
The women’s 100m T38 was won easily by Brazil’s Jenifer Santos (14.63) in a Games record. Behind her in silver medal position was Canada’s Virginia McClachlan (16.74) while bronze went to Mexico’s Fatima del Rocio Perez Garcia (17.42).
Mexico picked up gold in the women’s 100m T54 with a Games record through Yazmith Bataz (17.46). The fight for silver was a close one with Argentina’s Valeria Jara (18.45) just edging out USA’s Amberlynn Weber (18.46).
The final three events of the day on the track finished with Brazil winning two golds starting with the men’s 1,500m T11. Odair Santos (4:11.02) easily won gold, however the battle for silver was more contested with Canada’s Jason Joseph Dunkerley (4:20.17) just edging out Brazil’s Carlos Barto Silva.
A time of 1:02.60, a Games record, was good enough to win the men’s 400m T52 for Mexico’s Salvador Hernandez Mondragon (1:02.60). USA’s Martin Raymond (1:02.80) took silver, while bronze was won by Marcos Castillo (1:06.27) of Venezuela.
T11 world record holder Terezinha Guilhermina (58.42) was in superb form in winning the women’s 400m T12 in a Games record time. Silver went to Mexico’s Daniela Eugenia Velasco (59.30) while her teammate Maria de Jesus Reyes Alonso (1:01.98) took bronze.
The highlight of the day in the field for the host nation was the men’s Shot Put F57/58, with Mexico claiming all three medals. F57 thrower Alejandro Perez Torres (11.82m) claimed top spot ahead of two F58 throwers, Jose Armando Aranda Balan (12.54m) and Fernando del Rosario Gonzalez (12.42m).
The men’s High Jump F46 was won by Argentina’s Lucas Enrique Schonfeld with a jump of 1.55m.
Brazil had a great day in the field winning four golds.
The first came in the men’s Javelin F44. In the first round Francisco Lima threw 50.90m, a season’s best, which was good enough for top spot on the podium. Also joining him in the medals was Gerdan Fonseca (48.22m) and Canada’s Alistar McQueen (44.02)
A second Brazilian gold soon followed thanks to Roseana Santos (30.03m) in the women’s discus F57/58. She threw further than Mexico’s Maria de Los Angeles Ortiz (29.49) in silver and bronze medallist Catherine Callaghan (22.68m) of USA who set a F57 Games record.
Mexico claimed its second field gold of the day in the women’s Shot Put F12. Tania Lorena Jiminez (8.26m) threw a new Games record to beat off stiff competition from Venezuela’s Yuclesy Pinto (8.07m) and Colombia’s Yesenia Maria Restrepo Munez (7.28m) in silver and bronze respectively.
The men’s Discus F42 was won by a country mile by USA’s Matthew Brown (41.29m), more than 10m ahead of silver medallist Jorge Alberto Badillo Madrigal (31.64m). The Dominican Republic secured its first medal of the Games thanks to Luis Alberto Vicioso Sanchez (22.03m) who claimed bronze.
A third gold in the field for Brazil was won by Andre Oliveira (6.16m) in the men’s Long Jump F44 after he set a new Games record. Silver went to Mexico’s Josue Benetiz Sandoval (5.36).
Brazil’s fourth gold was won in the women’s Discus F35/36/37 by F35 thrower Marivana Oliveira (22.72m) who broke the Americas record. Her teammate Shirlene Coelho (27.64m), an F37 thrower, also set a new Americas record to claim silver. Bronze went to Argentina’s Peria Amanda Munoz (19.40m), an F35 thrower.
The women’s Javelin F52/53/33/34 was won by F53 thrower Esther Rivera (11.28m) ahead of her teammate Estela Salas (11.25m). Bronze went to F33 thrower Robyn Stawski (9.54m) who broke the Games record in the F33 class.