July 22 - The crowd at Lyon's Stadium of Parilly were treated to a first gold medal of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships for hosts France as Mandy Francois-Elie raced to victory in the women's T37 200 metres, on day three of the event.
The 23-year-old Paralympic silver medallist claimed her first world title ahead of Great Britain's Bethany Woodward in second and the woman who pipped Francois-Elie (pictured top) to gold in London, Johanna Benson from Namibia.
Another silver medallist from London 2012, Marcel Hug missed out on securing his third gold medal of the Championships as he finished behind South Korea's Gyu Dae Kim in the men's T54 800m.
The first gold medal of the day went to Algeria's Paralympic champion Abdellatif Baka in the men's T13 800m ahead of Poland's reigning champion Lukasz Wietecki, who could not repeat his success of two years ago in Christchurch.
It was a Russian one-two in the men's T37 100m as Andrey Vdovin edged out Roman Kapranov in a world record of 11:48sec.
Samir Nouioua's hopes of completing a T46 5,000m and 800m double were not to be as the Algerian, who won 5,000m gold earlier in the Championship, had to make do with silver finishing behind Rwanda's Hermas Muvunyi.
Britain's Paul Blake and Russia's Artem Arefyev battled it out for the T36 800m crown and were side-by-side with 100m to go but the 23-year-old Briton had the greater energy reserves and held on to claim his first world title in a Championship record 2min 06:10sec.
Blake's compatriot Hannah Cockroft completed a sprint double by adding the women's T34 100m crown to the 200m she won on the opening day of competition, setting a new Championship record of 17.88 in the process.
Italy's Oxana Corso went one better than Cockroft in the T35 100m by setting a world record of 15.63 to finish ahead of rival Ping Liu of China, who won gold at London 2012.
However, another gold medallist from London fared better than the Chinese woman as Brazil's Yohansson Nascimento added world gold and a world record to his collection by overcoming Poland's Michal Derus in the men's T46 200m.
It was similar story for Evan O'Hanlon of Australia as the Paralympic champion retained his world title crown in the T38 100m with a Championship record of 10.93.
The men's T51 gold went to Finland's Toni Piispanen, who went one better than last time out in 2011 when he finished second while another world record time of 11.90 saw Russian Evgenii Shvetcov clinch gold in the T36 100m.
Tunisia's double Paralympic champion Walid Ktila secured the men's 200m T34 world title while a Championship record time of 27.49 saw Veronica Hipolito of Brazil take women's T38 200m title.
In the women's T46 100m, there was a repeat of the top two from Christchurch in 2011 as Yunidis Castillo of Cuba once again pipped South Africa's Anrune Liebenberg to the gold medal.
The men's T12 800m saw Russia's Egor Sharov cross the line in a world record of 1:50.02, while American Joshua George claimed the T53 800m crown.
In the semi-finals of the men's T44 100m Richard Browne of the USA shaved two hundredths of a second off Briton Jonnie Peacock's world record of 10.85.
Peacock eased through his semi-final to set up an eagerly awaited final tomorrow, which is set to be one of the highlights of the Championships.
Another Briton Richard Whitehead set a Championship record of 24.49 on his way to victory in the semi-finals of the T42 200m, and he will be joined in the final by a stellar line-up that includes America's Paralympic silver medallist Shaquille Vance, 2011 bronze medallist Atushi Yamamoto of Japan, London 2012 silver medallist Scott Reardon and Germany's Paralympic champion Heinrich Popow.
In the T35 100m qualifiers, South Africa's Teboho Mokgalagadi and the Ukraine's Iurii Tsaruk each won their semi-final to secure places in tomorrow's final.
Meanwhile in the field events, Germany's Paralympic champion Sebastian Dietz won gold in F35/36 discus with a world record throw of 42.18 metres, while Malaysia's Muhammad Zolkefli earned his country's first medal of the World Championships with victory in the F20 shot put.
In the women's F20 long jump, Poland's Karolina Kucharczyk broke her own world record set at London 2012 with a jump of 6.09m on her way to securing the world title, while a Championship record of 4:25m saw Martina Caironi win the women's F42 long jump.
In the javelin events Mathias Mester from Germany won men's F41 gold with Britain's Hollie Arnold claiming the women's F46 title.
Records also fell in the women's shot put as Maria Bogacheva from Russia won the F54 competition with a world mark of 7.56m , while Paralympic champion Na Mi of China continued her dominance in the F37 category with a Championship record of 11.72m.
Russia's Alexey Ashapatov successfully defended his F57/58 discus title with a throw of 58:39m.
The IPC Athletics World Championships will continue through to July 28.
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