Paralympic and world champion Martina Caironi continued her impressive run of form as she broke her own T42 200 metres world record for the second time in two weeks in front of her home crowd at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics Grand Prix in Grosseto.
Caironi, who enjoyed a superb outing at the recent Grand Prix in Nottwil, Switzerland, did not crumble under the pressure of performing on home soil as she stormed to victory in a time of 32.29sec, beating her own mark by 0.03 seconds.
The 25-year-old then came third in the 200m T42/43/44 as compatriot Giuseppina Versace clinched an excellent win in 30.14, while Britain’s Sophie Kamlish came through in second.
“This morning I was ready and felt really good,” Caironi said.
“At the World Championships in Doha [in October] I want to run under 15 seconds in the 100m, this is my goal and I know I can make it.
“This year's Grand Prix is an important test towards the 2016 European Championships and I am very happy that we will feel the support and warmth of all Italians here at home.”
The event, held in the Stadio Olimpico Zecchini, host of next year’s IPC Athletics European Championships, also saw Greece’s Manolis Stefanoudakis win the men’s javelin with a record-breaking throw of 29.54 metres in his final attempt.
Stefanoudakis’ effort saw him break a record that had stood for four years and he admitted he did not expect to be able to produce that level of performance.
“I cannot believe that I broke the world record over here,” he said.
“I didn't expect such a good performance.”
Elsewhere, triple Paralympic and world champion Yunidis Castillo of Cuba won the T35/37/38/46 200m in 27.40, finishing ahead of Britain’s Sophie Hahn, who clocked 27.96.
Pierre Fairbank of France was able to claim his fourth victory of the meeting, posting 28.05 to reign supreme in the T53/54 200m race.
There was a Turkish one-two in the T13 as Mustafa Kucuk held off the challenge of teammate Hakan Cira, crossing the line in a time of 24.03.
Out in the field, Thomas Green of Britain won the club throw event with 25.86m in his sixth and final attempt, while Slovakia's European F44 silver medallist Adrian Matusik secured the F42-44 discus title thanks to an effort of 50.48m.
Samantha Bowen claimed another win for Britain by taking victory in the women’s F40-46 discus event with a throw of 27.05m.
There was a rare success for Estonia as Sirly Tiik secured gold in the F11-13/20 with a throw of 33.56m.
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