The first stage of the Brazilian National Circuit that took place last weekend in Sao Paulo finished with three unofficial Athletics world records.
Visually impaired athlete Odair dos Santos, who competes in the T11 class, set a provisional world record in the 800m with a time of 1:58.47, shattering a 25 year old record. The previous record belonged to Great Britain’s Robert Matthews, whose time of 1:59.90, was set in 1986.
He then followed this up by lowering his own world record in the1,500m. His time of 4:04.32 was 0.38 seconds ahead of the time he set at January’s International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand. The record is pending approval by the IPC.
The third unofficial world record was set by Mariane dos Santos, in the Long Jump F45 (varying amputations and Les Autres). The 20 year old athlete jumped 4.37m to beat the previous record of 3,85m which was set in 1980.
This first stage of the National Circuit saw more than 600 athletes compete in Athletics, Swimming and Powerlifting events. Some of the performances have counted towards placement for November’s Parapan Games in Guadalajara.