Wen Xiaoyan beat her own world record on the final day of the Para Athletics World Championships. GETTY IMAGES

Saturday at the Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium kept record-keepers busy as world records and championship records fell left and right on the final day of the Para Athletics World Championships.

China’s Wen Xiaoyan beat her world record time from last year by 0.43 with a 25.75 finish in the women’s 200m T37. It was her second world record in five days, following her 12.27 time at the 100m T37 final last Tuesday.

"The secret [to break world records] lies in non-stop accumulation, scientific and systematic training, and a lot of brainwork, and the spirit to overcome difficulties. Also, on the track I follow the arrangements of my coach, of course," she told Paralympic.org. 

Her compatriot Jiang Fenfen took the bronze behind US’ Taylor Swanson who had a career best time of 26.89.

Four-time Paralympic champion Liu Cuiqing, took the gold in the women’s 200m T11 with a 24.36 time, breaking her own world record that stood unchallenged for five years. Thalita Vitoria Simplicio da Silva and Jerusa Geber dos Santos, representing Brazil, finished second and third.

A new men’s javelin throw F41 world record was also set on Saturday. Sun Pengxiang’s second attempt of 48.9m surpassed the record he set just last October. No one came within a metre of Sun’s throw, keeping the Chinese Paralympian on top of the World Championship for the fifth straight time in the event. Sadegh Beit Sayah of Iran had a career best toss of 47.92m for silver, and India’s Navdeep Singh took home bronze with a season best throw of 42.82m.

Tunisia broke a 12-year-world record in the men’s 1500m T38, with Amen Allah Tissaoui taking the gold with a 3:58.31 time. Deon Kenzie of Australia, who had the lead until the last 200 metres, settled for the bronze behind Abdelkrim Krai of Algeria.

South Africa’s Simone Kruger took home another world title and a gold medal with a toss of 38.82m in women’s discus throw F38, beating her own record by 72cm.

"I was so shocked when I saw the world record because my first throw before that it was a disaster. I literally don’t know how to feel about that. And then, the second one I just wanted a mark on the board. And to see it was a world record was amazing, it just made me feel so much happier about the competition," Kruger said.

Marlene van Gansewinkel of the Netherlands became the first woman to break the 26-second-mark in the 200m T64 with a 25.73 time and Colombia’s Karen Palomeque was the only athlete to clear one minute in the women’s 400m T38 with a time of 59.40, besting the previous record set by 0.34.

Marlene van Gansewinkel crossing the finish line as she wins the Women's 200m T64. GETTY IMAGES
Marlene van Gansewinkel crossing the finish line as she wins the Women's 200m T64. GETTY IMAGES

A total of seven new world records were set in Kobe on Saturday, three of them by Chinese athletes. 

After nine days of competition, it was clear that the Chinese had the best time at Kobe with 87 medals — 33 of those were gold. Brazil secured 19 gold medals and 42 in total. Uzbekistan finished with seven golds and 13 overall. Host nation Japan tallied 21 medals in all: the most of any nation without winning gold.