• Athletics Day 7 Morning Session Review: Eight of the best at the Bird's Nest - [Beijing Paralympic]

    2008-09-14 | Tag:Athletics

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    Fan Liang celebrates. (Photo credit: Xinhua)

    (BEIJING, September 14) – Eight Paralympic Athletics champions were crowned during Sunday morning's events at the National Stadium.

    Men's Discus - F53/54

    The Athens 2004 gold medalist Fan Liang of China shot to the lead and picked up back-to-back Paralympic gold medals, with an F54 world record (31.08 meters), for 1130 points.

    Serbia's Drazenko Mitrovic secured silver, saving his best for his final throw of 29.09m which earned 1058 points.

    Japan's Oi Toshie set the tone for the competition with the very first throw of the event, registering an F53 Paralympic record (26.21m) worth 1032 points, which earned him the bronze medal.

    Athens silver medalist Efthymios Kalaras of Greece was slightly off the pace, finishing fifth with a 27.98m effort, worth 1017 points.


    Mi Na competes. (Photo credit: Xinhua)

    Women's Discus - F37/38

    China's Mi Na broke the F37 world record twice to take gold. She threw 31.58m, worth 1075 points, to set a record before extending that to 33.67m (1146 points) on her final throw, much to the delight of the crowd.

    Rebecca Chin of Great Britain secured silver and the F38 world record when she threw 33.58m (1134 points) with her second effort.

    Athens silver medalist Amanda Fraser of Australia secured the bronze medal with her fourth throw of 29.73m, for 1012 points.

    Athens gold medalist China's Li Chunhua finished in fourth position.


    Oksana Zubkovska celebrates. (Photo credit: Xinhua)

    Women's Long Jump - F12

    Ukraine's Oksana Zubkovska won the gold medal with her final jump and set a new world record of 6.28m, for 1137 points.

    Volha Zinkevich (Belarus) was tied after four jumps with Daineris Mijan (Cuba) but jumped a season's best (5.81m, 1052 points) on her final effort to secure the silver medal and leave the Cuban with a fourth place finish.

    China's Liu Miaomiao picked up the bronze medal, after briefly setting a world record (5.74m) with her opening jump and earning 1039 points.

    Belarus's Anna Kaniouk finished fifth and Croatia's Marija Ivekovic was sixth. Former world record holder Rosalie Lazaro of Spain finished in seventh place.


    Guo Wei competes. (Photo credit: Xinhua)

    Men's Shot Put - F35/36

    Only three competitors cracked the 1000-point barrier, and Guo Wei of China took gold after twice registering an F35 world record. After throwing a record-breaking 15.78m, he managed 16.22m on his final throw for 1122 points.

    Latvia's Edgar Bergs took silver, following a solid opening effort of 14.96m (1035 points) with 15.54m on his final throw, for 1075 points.


    Pawel Piotrowski competes. (Photo credit: Xinhua)

    Poland's Pawel Piotrowski scored an F36 world record (12.84m) on his second put (1029 points) and then bettered that record with 13.03m (1044 points) to take bronze.


    Lisa Mcintosh competes. (Photo credit: Xinhua)

    Women's 200m - T37

    Australia's Lisa McIntosh led from start to finish, picking up her second gold medal in Beijing, in 29.28 seconds. The 200m - T37 gold repeats the gold she won in the Sydney Games and is an improvement on her silver in Athens.

    Viktoriya Kravchenko from Ukraine picked up the silver medal, in 29.60 seconds, ahead of bronze medalist Maria Seifert of Germany, in 29.90 seconds.

    Athens gold medalist Evgenia Trushnikova (Russia) finished in fifth place, one place behind the Athens bronze medalist Isabelle Foerder (Germany). McIntosh's world and Paralympic record (28.42s) remains unbroken.

    Men's 200m - T54

    China's Zhang Lixin wasn't able to better the world and Paralympic record (24.18 seconds) he set in the heats, but his 24.35s was enough for the gold medal.

    The fight for the minor medals was extremely close. Silver medalist Saichon Konjen (Thailand) managed to get the edge, in 25.15 seconds, on the Athens gold medalist Leo Pekka Tahti (Finland), who had to be content with bronze, in 25.17 seconds. Athens silver medalist Kenny Van Weeghel of the Netherlands finished in fourth position, in 25.28 seconds.

    Women's 1500m - T13

    Tunisia's Somaya Bousaid led from the start, to win gold in 4:14.00. Assia El'Hannouni from France picked up the silver medal in 4:19.20.

    Russia's Elena Pautova came home strong, in 4:32.91, to secure the bronze medal ahead of her teammate, Rima Batalova, who finished in fourth-place (4:44.21).


    Earle Connor celebrates. (Photo credit: Xinhua)

    Men's 100m - T42

    Canada's Earle Connor set a Paralympic record (12.32s) to take the gold medal. Heinrich Popow from Germany finished with silver (12.98s), ahead of a strong finish (13.08s) from John McFall of Great Britain, who took bronze. Connor's world record (12.14s) remains unbroken.
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