The United States’ Tatyana McFadden won a further two gold medals here today at the World Para Athletics Championships to move closer to her aim of claiming four titles in all.
Having won the women’s 200 metres T54 final on Saturday (July 15), the multiple Paralympic and world champion triumphed in the 1,500m and 400m events today.
McFadden had suffered problems with blood clots earlier this year which hampered her training, but she showed no ill-effects as she held off the chasing pack to cross the 1,500m finish line in a Championship record time of 3 min 25.23sec.
A strong finish from Australia’s Madison de Rozario earned her the bronze medal in 3:25.56 with American Amanda McGrory second in 3:25.43.
In the evening session, McFadden clinched the 400m crown in 53.74sec with China’s Zou Lihong second in 54.53 and compatriot Cheri Madsen third in 55.05.
The 28-year-old will begin her quest for a fourth gold medal tomorrow when she competes in the 800m heats.
"It has been a really good day," McFadden said after her second success.
"It was a really nice night, perfect weather and a really strong competition.
"I was exhausted after the 1,500m, but I tried to have a nap and have some therapy on the legs.
"We do train like this - two sessions in a day - but it's still exhausting and hard on the body.
"I am feeling it tonight and I will sleep well."
Serbia’s Zeljko Dimitrijevic marked his final event before retirement in style by twice smashing the world record on his way to defending the men’s club throw F51 title.
The 46-year-old added more than two metres on to the world record of 29.96m he set en route to victory at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, first throwing 31.75m and then 31.99m.
India’s Amit Kumar Kumar won silver with an area record of 30.25m and Serbia’s Milos Mitic, second behind fellow countryman Dimitrijevic at Rio 2016, claimed bronze with a personal best 29.06m.
"This was a very important competition for me because I knew I was going to retire afterwards," Dimitrijevic, who had planned to retire after his London 2012 Paralympic triumph here, before returning to the sport in 2014, said.
"At the Games in 2012 this was my first gold and my first world record in this stadium, so it was my wish to finish my career in the stadium where it all started.
"I can’t describe how it feels to be back here."
Among the other world record breakers today was Great Britain’s Sophie Kamlish in the heats of the women’s 100m T44, an event that saw the 20-year-old go onto seal gold.
Kamlish posted a global mark of 12.90 to reach the final in which she clocked 12.92 to secure her maiden world title.
Two-time defending champion Marlou van Rhijn of The Netherlands finished second in 13.20, while Trinidad and Tobago’s Nyoshia Cain came third in 13.25.
Australia’s James Turner broke the men’s 200m T36 world record in yesterday’s heats with a time of 24.15 and he did the same again today in the final with a time of 24.09.
Poland’s Krzysztof Ciuksza took silver in 25.04 with Brazil’s Rodrigo Parreira Da Silva third in an area record of 25.19.
Also in world record-breaking form today was Latvia’s Diana Dadzite in the women’s javelin F56, winning with a throw of 27.07m to beat her own previous best mark of 23.26m.
There was an area record of 20.66m for runner-up Hashemiyeh Motaghian Moavi of Iran, while Germany’s Martina Willing registered 20.57m to take bronze.
There was further success for hosts Britain as Hannah Cockroft claimed her second gold medal of the event with victory in the women’s 800m T34 event.
Cockroft, who broke her own world record en route to defending the women’s 100m T34 title on Friday (July 14), prevailed in a Championship record time of 2:01.77.
The US's Alexa Halko was the runner-up in 2:03.49 with Cockroft’s fellow Briton Kare Adenegan third in 2:05.76.
Brazil’s Daniel Martins eased to victory in the men’s 400m T20 with a Championship record time of 47.66.
A personal best 49.20 was enough for Ecuador’s Damian Carcelen to take silver, while Spain’s Deliber Rodriguez Ramirez came away with bronze in 49.48.
Ukraine’s Leilia Adzhametova also managed a Championship record of 12.00 to clinch the women’s 100m T13 title and add to the 200m crown she won yesterday.
South Africa’s Ilse Hayes had to settle for second in a season’s best 12.17, while the US’s Kym Crosby was third in a personal best 12.18.
Algeria's Mohamed Berrahal set a Championship record of 1:21.45 to claim the men’s 400m T51 crown.
Belgium’s Peter Genyn finished runner-up in 1:21.63 ahead of Mexico’s Edgar Cesareo Navarro Sanchez in 1:24.10.
The US’s Michael Brannigan produced a Championship record of 3:53.05 to secure the defence of his men’s 1,500m T20 title.
Portugal’s Cristiano Pereira came second in an area record of 3:55.39, followed by Poland’s Rafal Korc in 3:56.82.
Germany’s Johannes Floors added to his silver medal from the men’s 100m T44 by claiming the 400m T43 title in a Championship record time of 46.67.
Americans Hunter Woodhall and Aj Digby came second and third with respective times of 47.23 and 47.56.
The last track event of the evening saw Tunisia’s Walid Ktila claim the men’s 400m T34 title, adding to the gold medal he won in the 100m on Saturday.
Kitla achieved a Championship record time of 50.56 which the United Arab Emirates’ Mohamed Alhammadi came closest to matching in 50.94.
Rounding out the podium was Finland’s Henry Manni in 52.24.
Out in the field, China’s Zhao Yuping prevailed in the women’s javelin throw F13 with a Championship record time of 42.72m.
Uzbekistan’s Nozimakhon Kayumova was her nearest challenger with 41.25m, followed by Austria’s Natalija Eder with a season’s best 38.37m.
Germany’s Sebastian Dietz came out on top in the men’s shot put F36 with a Championship record of 15.28m.
Silver went to China’s Li Cuiqing in an area record of 14.93m, while bronze was won by Ukraine’s Mykola Dibrova with 13.59m.
Among the other winners today out on the field were Germany’s Markus Rehm in the men’s long jump F44 with 8.00m, Britain’s Olivia Breen in the women’s long jump T38 with a personal best 4.81m, and China’s Zou Lijuan in the women’s shot put F34 with a season’s best 8.23m.
Tunisia’s Rima Abdelli came out on top in the women’s shot put F40 with a personal best 7.57m, while there also triumphs for Croatia’s Mikela Ristoski in the women’s long jump T20 with a season’s best 5.66m, and Brazil’s Alessandro Silva in the men’s discus throw F11 with 43.32m.
There were season’s bests as well for the US’s Tobi Fawehinmi, who won the men’s triple jump T47 crown with 14.88m, and China’s Sun Pengxiang, the winner of the men’s javelin throw F41 title with 42.14m.
Other victors on the track included Poland’s Barbara Niewiedzial, who won the women’s 1,500m T20 with a time of 4:33.82.
Another gold medal for Poland came in the women’s 1,500m T11 thanks to Joanna Mazur’s personal best time of 4:50.95.
China’s Zhou Guohua came out on top in the women’s 200m T11 in 25.27, while Australia’s Scott Reardon won the men’s 100m T42 in 12.21 and Greece’s Michail Seitis tasted victory in the men’s 400m T44 in 51.41.
Reardon beat British rival Richard Whitehead to gold with the home favourite having to settle for bronze in 12.39, finishing behind Denmark's Daniel Wagner who clocked 12.30.
Switzerland’s Marcel Hug appeared to have clinched his second gold medal of the Championships after crossing the line first in the men’s 800m T54.
But World Para Athletics has confirmed the race will be re-run on Friday (July 21) following a crash which involved four racers and led to the disqualification of Britain’s Richard Chiassaro.
After four days of competition, the US top the medal standings with 11 golds, eight silvers and 10 bronzes.
Britain are second with 11 golds, two silvers and seven bronzes, while China are third with seven golds, eight silvers and five bronzes.
Action is due to continue tomorrow.