Greece's Athanasios Ghavelas added World Championships glory to his Paralympic success with victory in the T11 100m in Paris ©Getty Images

Greece's Paralympic champion Athanasios Ghavelas denied host nation France its first gold medal of the World Para Athletics Championships as he surged to victory in the men's T11 100 metres in Paris. 

Fans filed into the Charléty Stadium for the blockbuster event and had hoped for home favourite Timothée Adolphe to avenge his Tokyo 2020 defeat.

But Ghavelas, also the reigning European gold medallist, produced a phenomenal performance as he crossed the line after 10.93secs to equal the Championship record.

It was a first world title for the 23-year-old in the class for athletes with visual impairments who celebrated with his guide Dimitrios Chrysafis and a good omen with next year's Paralympic Games in the French capital little more than a year away. 

France's other gold hopeful of the day was reigning 400m T20 Paralympic champion Charles-Antoine Kouakou.

He missed out on the podium altogether in the race for athletes with an intellectual impairment  after finishing fourth in 47.59.

The time was still quick enough to set a new European record, despite the disappointment of missing out on a medal. 

Another previous best was also beaten as gold medallist Samuel Oliveira's 47.20 saw him better the previous Championships record set by Yovanni Philippe of Mauritius.

Debutant Oliveira led a Brazilian one-two, with Daniel Tavares taking silver in 47.30, before Philippe's 47.48 secured bronze.

"It's just wonderful to show that we honour this flag so much," said Tavares. 

"It's a good warm up, a good preparation, we have more next year [at Paris 2024]."

Switzerland's Catherine Debrunner's 400m success marked her fourth title of the World Para Athletics Championships ©Getty Images
Switzerland's Catherine Debrunner's 400m success marked her fourth title of the World Para Athletics Championships ©Getty Images

Swiss wheelchair racer Catherine Debrunner picked up her fourth gold medal of the Championships in the T53 400m after also triumphing in the classification's 800m race and the T54 1500m and 5,000m. 

She set a record for the event after 50.16 in the women's 400m to beat runner-up Samantha Kinghorn of Britain and China's Zhou Hongzhuan with times of 52.53 and 53.62, respectively.

"It was a really intense week but a great week," said Debrunner.

"The events went so great with four gold medals and one silver. 

"I'm just so proud of the team and myself, for what we did over the last couple of years.

"I'm also happy that we managed to every day reset again and focus on the new event.

"That's so amazing."

The Championships are due to continue tomorrow with 15 gold medals set to be won.