Two world records fall at USA athletics Grand Prix

America's Raymond Martin and German Vanessa Low set provisional new marks at the fourth IPC Athletics Grand Prix of 2014. 11 May 2014
Raymond Martin celebrates

USA's Raymond Martin won every race he entered at the London 2012 Paralympic Games


Lakatos, 33, posted a time of 25.19 seconds to shave 0.05 seconds off of Waddell’s time set in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 2004.

Editors note: This article has been amended to reflect previous inaccuracies.

America’s rising star Raymond Martin continued on his upward curve this weekend (10 May) with the 20-year-old (30.02) breaking his own 200m world record from 2012 by 0.16 seconds at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Mesa, Arizona, USA, to add to his five gold medals from the 2013 World Championships.

Martin took wins in all events from 100m through to 1,500m to stay at the top of his game on his Grand Prix season debut.

In the field events, Germany’s double World Championships bronze medallist Vanessa Low improved Australian Kelly Cartwright’s London 2012 long-jump F42 winning world record, bettering the distance by 0.09m to register a new provisional mark of 4.47m. The 23-year-old beat Americans Lacey Henderson (3.08m) and Scout Bassett (2.50m) to the win.

The men’s long jump F11 saw America’s Lex Gillette equal his own world record of 6.73m over fellow countryman Tanner Gers (5.65m).

American David Brown posted a 22.37 run, beating two Brazilians, Daniel da Silva (22.68) and Felipe Gomes (22.98), to the line in the men's 200m T11.

Canadian Brent Lakatos would have broken a ten-year old world record but for the wind-speed in the men's 200m T53. Lakatos, 33, posted a time of 25.19 seconds to beat Brazil’s Ariosvaldo da Silva (25.54) and the USA’s Brian Siemann (26.15) at the track at Red Mountain High School.

USA’s world bronze medallist Jerome Singleton (11.40) went head-to-head with teammate David Prince (11.70), winning the men’s 100m T44 and following through on his assertion a new prosthetic would mean that he was able to come out fighting in 2014. Brazilian Renato Nunes da Cruz (12.25) completed the top three. In the absence of Singleton over the longer distances, Prince took wins in the 200m and 400m to follow on from his podium finishes from Lyon 2013.

In the men's 100m T43, American world bronze medallist Josh Kennison (11.47) beat silver medallist teammate Blake Leeper (12.25), but Leeper hit back over 200m to outrun Kennison (23.44) and compatriot Hunter Woodhall (23.62) in 22.15 seconds.

Veteran April Holmes, a long-serving member of Team USA, showed that she is still the national woman to beat in the T44 classification with wins in the 100m and 200m.

Holmes (13.34) beat Great Britain’s Stef Reid (13.67) and compatriot Lexi Youngberg (14.38) in the 100m. In the 200m, the 41-year-old beat Youngberg (30.11) and Shannon Laurie (32.12) in 28.31 seconds.

Rounding off a fantastic two days for the American team, Shirley Reilly won all four of her races from the 200m upwards, including the 1,500m in which she will face rival Manuela Schaer next weekend (16-18 May) in Nottwil, Switzerland, in Schaer’s home Grand Prix.

Full results are available at the Desert Challenge Games website.

The next stop for the IPC Athletics Grand Prix will be Nottwil, Switzerland, from 16-18 May. Media accreditation for the event, which will feature several legendary clashes, is available from It is also the first European Grand Prix to take place ahead of the 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships from 18-23 August in Swansea, Great Britain, for which tickets are on sale now.

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