The European Para Athletics Championships in Bydgoszcz produced a final world record today as Hungary’s Luca Ekler won the women’s 400 metres T38 final in 1min 00.27sec.
It was the 22-year-old Hungarian’s second gold of the Championships following her victory in the long jump T38 final, while she also took silver in the 100m.
Ekler was making her mark at a comparatively new event for her, given that she won gold and bronze at the 2018 European Championships in the long jump and 200m T38 events, and a year later in Dubai won world gold in the long jump and silver in the 200 and 100m.
She was pushed to the line, however, by Russia’s Margarita Goncharova, who clocked 1:00.79, with Britain’s Ali Smith claiming bronze in 1:03.91.
She made her name in the sand, but now she is taking over the track too!— Para Athletics (@ParaAthletics) June 5, 2021
Young star Luka Ekler 🇭🇺 defeats the current world champion and breaks the world record in the women's 400m T38 with 1:00.27.
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The final session in the Zdistaw Krzyszkowia Stadium also saw three European records.
The first came from Saska Sokolov of Serbia in the women’s 100m T47, where she ran 12.25sec.
Next up was Redouane Hennouni-Bouzidi of France, who won the men’s 1500m T38 final in 4:04.39, finishing more than five seconds clear.
A third mark came when Athanasios Ghavelas of Greece, with guide Sotirios Gkaragkanis, won the men’s 100m in the visually impaired T11 category in 10.98, finishing just 0.01sec ahead of France’s Timothee Adolphe, who registered a personal best.
Earlier in the day Germany’s 16-year-old wheelchair racer Merle Menje had become the only athlete to earn four medals at these Championships when she collected her second gold in the women’s 5,000m T54 in a championship record of 11:52.30.
That added to her victory in the women’s 400m T54, and she has also won two silver medals in the women’s 100m and 800m T54.
France’s world record holder Mandy Francois-Elie topped the podium in the women’s 100m T37, claiming her fifth European title in the event in a championship record of 13.25.
Finland’s Toni Piispanen defended his Berlin 2018 European title in the men’s 100m T51 final, beating the world record holder, Belgium’s Peter Genyn, in a championship record of 20.10.
Georgios Kostakis, who last won a European title in 2014, added another in the men’s long jump T47 with an effort of 6.45 metres.
Paralympic champion and two-time world champion Manolis Stefanoudakis won his first European gold - after four silvers - in the men’s javelin throw F54 with a championship record of 30.74m.
World champion Salum Kashafali 🇳🇴 does the job and takes the win in the men's 100m T12! What a great athlete.— Para Athletics (@ParaAthletics) June 5, 2021
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Ukrainian athletes won three gold medals in field events.
Paralympic and world champion Mariia Pomazan dominated in the women’s shot put F35 with a championship record of 12.81m.
Her compatriots Vladyslav Zahrebelnyi and Mykola Zhabnyak defended their titles from three years ago.
Zahrebelnyi won with a European record in the men’s long jump T37 of 6.33m, while Zhabnyak topped the podium in the men’s discus throw F37 with 54.22m.
World record holder Salum Kashafali of Norway, who competed for his country in the European Team Championships in 2019, won the men's 100m in the visually impaired T12 class in 10.70.
Russia topped the final medals table with 31 golds, 25 silvers and 18 bronze medals, followed by Ukraine, with 17, 13 and nine respectively, Poland, with 15, 20 and 14 respectively and Britain with 14, nine and 14 respectively.