Best of the Best: World Para Athletics Championships 2019
Updated: Nov 2, 2019
The World Para Athletics Championships are a true highlight on the parasports calendar. Having the world’s best athletes together is always amazing, but it’s extra special towards the Paralympic Games next year. From 7 to 15 November Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will host the 2019 edition.
What are the World Para Athletics Championships?
The World Para Athletics Championships are, after the Paralympic Games, the biggest competition in para athletics. The second biggest international stage features competition for visually, physically and intellectual impaired athletes in both track and field events.
How did they begin?
The first IPC Athletics World Championships, as they were called back then were held in Berlin, Germany in 1994. This first was followed by a four year competition cycle until the 2006 world Championships. From 2011 a new cycle was started, in which the championships are held every other year on odd years. Because of the name change of IPC Athletics to World Para Athletics, the name of the event was changed to World Para Athletics Championships in 2017.
Aled Davies satisfied with his throw (source: paralympic.org)
Which athletes should you watch out for?
Marlene Van Gansewinkel, Netherlands
Van Gansewinkel is the current World Record holder in the 100m and 200m T64 as well as being a multi medallist at the World Championships alongide her 2 European Chamionships and Paralympic medal. The Flying Duthwoman is hitting her stride just at the right time and will be keen to show the world what the "Fastest woman on a blade" can do.
Aled Davies, Great Britain
Apart from the shot put event at the 2012 Paralympic Games, were he won a bronze medal, and a second place in discus throw at the Common Wealth Games in 2014, Davies has won every single shot put and discus throw competition in the F42 class. Is there anyone who can stop this Brit?
Hongzhuan Zhou, China
Wherever she goes she has to save some space for medals for the way back. Zhou has been winning a lot of medals from the very beginning. Aged 16 at het home Paralympics in 2008 she won all three colours of medals in the three T53 events she competed in. The Chinese athlete has won five gold, two silver and two bronze Paralympic medals. At the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships she won two gold and one bronze medal.
Hongzhuan Zhou just after finishing (source: paralympic.org)
Where can you find out more about the World Para Athletics Championships?
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