IPC Athletics European Championships
25-28 June

6 World Records smashed on Day 5 of 2012 IPC Athletics European Championships

The best was saved for last in Stadskanaal, the Netherlands, as six world records were smashed on the final day of the IPC Athletics European Championships on Thursday (28 June). The last day of competition began with a new world record in the Discus F32/33/34 by the Czech Republic's Frantisek Serbus, who threw 20.41m (987 points) to beat Russia's Alexander El'min (38.24m/906 points) and Croatia's Slaven Hudina (18.05m/851 points) for gold. Frantisek had picked up a silver medal earlier in the week in the Club Throw F32. Greece then received a powerful performance from Paschalis Stathelakos in the Shot Put F40 with a new world-best throw of 13.01m to win his second medal of the Championships. His teammate, Alexandros Michail Konstantinidis (11.51), placed second and Great Britain's Kyron Duke (10.73m) finished third. Just two events later, the field competitors kept things rolling, as Germany's Birgit Kober recorded a distance of 10.06m, a new world record, on her final throw in the Shot Put F34 final to become European champion. Germany's Frances Herrmann (7.08m) and Finland's Marjaana Huovinen (7.00m) took silver and bronze, respectively. In the men's Shot Put F46, Ukraine stole the spotlight, as Dymtro Ibragimov triumphed with a world-best throw of 15.46m, breaking Tomasz Rebisz's old record of 14.87m. Rebisz (14.42m) finished second in the event. On the track, Poland's Barbara Niewiedzial ran the 1,500m T20 race in 4:23.37 to top her own world record of 4:24.85 she set back in 2004. In the day's final race, Russia showcased why it has the top Athletics delegation in Europe, as Anastasiya Ovsyannikova, Svetlana Sergeeva, Elena Ivanova and Margarita Goncharova came together in the women's 4x100m T35-38 final to post a new world-record time of 54.77 and give the nation its 76th and final medal of the Championships.