World Para Athletics Kobe 2024 saw more record broken on day seven. GETTY IMAGES

Day seven of the Kobe 2024 Para Athletics World Championships was action-packed, with 22 events concluding on a bustling Thursday, several of which saw new world records being set.

New Zealand’s Danielle Aitchison shattered the record by seven-tenths of a second with a final time of 27.47 in the women’s 200m T36. Shi Yiting of China set an Asian record to claim silver, while Mali Lovell of Australia achieved a career-best run to earn the bronze.

In the men’s 400m T12, Turkey’s Serkan Yildirim set a new world record of 47.47 seconds, surpassing the previous record held by Morocco’s Abdeslam Hili. Algeria’s Skander Djamil Athmani also secured gold and a new world record in the men’s 400m T13 with a time of 46.44 seconds. In the women’s shot put F57, Algeria claimed two of the top three spots, with Safia Djelal setting a new world record with a throw of 11.62m. Malaysia’s Muhammad Nazmi Nasri won gold in the men’s long jump T37 with a leap of 6.13m.

In the men’s 100m T11, all four finalists finished within 0.16 seconds of each other. China’s Di Dongdong, who won silver in the long jump T11, secured gold with a time of 11.28 seconds. Nasos Ghavelas of Greece, the defending Paralympic champion, was disqualified for his guide crossing the line first, placing Ye Tao of China and Eduardo Manuel Uceda Novas of Spain in second and third, respectively.

The Dominican Republic secured its first-ever gold medal in the Para Athletics World Championships when Darlenys de la Cruz Severino set a season record with a time of 12.43 seconds in the women’s 100m T12. Brazil’s Lorraine Gomes de Aguiar earned her second silver medal in Kobe with a time of 12.58 seconds.

Danielle Aitchison was overwhelmed following record breaking performance in the women’s 200m T36. GETTY IMAGES
Danielle Aitchison was overwhelmed following record breaking performance in the women’s 200m T36. GETTY IMAGES

In the women’s shot put F64, China secured gold with Yao Juan's impressive 12.50m throw, while Arelle Middleton of the United States claimed silver with 11.84m. Oney Tapia won gold in the men’s discus F11 with a season-best throw of 42.76m. China’s Wang Jun earned gold in the women’s shot put F35 with a season-best throw of 12.06m. In the tightly contested men’s 100m T36 final, China’s Deng Peicheng secured gold with a sub-12-second finish, followed by Yang Yifei with silver and Algeria’s Mokhtar Didane with bronze.

Vanessa Low of Australia (T61) established a new championship record, leaping to a gold medal-winning distance of 5.29m in the women’s long jump T63. Japanese competitors Tozawa Tomomi and Maegawa Kaede both achieved distances of 4.66m, but Tozawa secured the silver medal due to experiencing less wind assistance.

Mexico’s Gilda Guadalupe Cota Vera set an Americas record with a gold-winning throw of 7.77m in the women’s shot put F33, just shy of the world record. David Blair of the United States won gold in the men’s discus throw F64 with a 60.13m throw, while Uzbekistan’s Khusniddin Norbekov clinched gold in the men’s shot put F35 with a throw of 16.37m. Great Britain’s Daniel Pembroke took gold in the men’s javelin throw F13 with a 66.96m throw.

Pierre Fairbank of France timed his final sprint perfectly to snatch gold in the men’s 800m T53 final from Tunisia’s Mohamed Nidhal Khelifi, who took silver, his best performance in Kobe.

Zhou Hongzhuan of China clinched her third gold medal in Kobe, setting a new championship record of 54.57 seconds in the women’s 400m T53, surpassing the previous record from London 2017 by 0.65 seconds. Her compatriot Gao Fang secured silver with a season-best time of 55.78 seconds, while Hamide Dogangun of Turkey took bronze in 58 seconds flat.

Zhou Zhaoqian of China earned her second gold and fourth overall medal in Kobe in the women’s 400m T54, clocking in at 53.91 seconds, nearly a second faster than Noemi Alphonse from Mauritius. Tian Yajuan of China claimed bronze in 54.97 seconds.

In the men’s 500m T54, Kuwait’s Faisal Alrajehi reclaimed the gold, narrowly edging out Saichon Konjen of Thailand by nine hundredths of a second in a thrilling final lap. Luo Xingchuan of China secured bronze with a season-best performance.

Zhou Zhaoqian got her hands on gold for a second time in Kobe and her fourth medal. GETTY IMAGES
Zhou Zhaoqian got her hands on gold for a second time in Kobe and her fourth medal. GETTY IMAGES

As the World Championships enter their final two days, China leads the medal count by a significant margin. China boasts 25 gold medals and a total of 66 medals, doubling the combined medal count of Brazil, who holds second place. Brazil has secured 18 gold medals and a total of 33 medals after seven days of competition. The United States currently holds third place with five gold medals and 19 total medals. 

All Thursday's results from day seven can be viewed here.