Five years on from the 2012 Paralympics, London is set to host yet another mega para sports event - the 2017 IPC World Para Athletics Championships.
Uzbekistan’s Doniyor Saliev led the way in the men’s long jump T12 from the opening round, leaping over seven metres in each of his six attempts. His final round effort of 7.18m sealed the win.
“My first world title – this is a very important achievement in my career as well as the Asian record. Now I am the world champion – it is hard to describe how great I am feeling,” said Saliev, who finished seventh in the triple jump at London 2012.
“This medal belongs to my nation, to parents, my coach, our president, and most of all, to me. I worked very hard for it. And also big thanks to the great fans at the stadium.”
His compatriot Khusniddin Norbekov also safely defended his world title, winning gold in the men’s discus F37 to add to the Paralympic title he won last year.
Norbekov’s opening throw of 54.73m proved enough to seal the win ahead of Australia’s Guy Henly (53.59m), who moved up to the silver medal position with his final throw of the competition. Bronze went to Mohsen Majidijamalabadi (52.75m) of Iran.
Great Britain’s Paralympic silver medallist Stef Reid secured the host nation’s second gold of the World Championships – Hannah Cockroft won 100m T34 gold on day one - as she took the win in the long jump T44.
In the absence of France’s defending champion Marie-Amelie le Fur, the Brit had started as favourite – and she lived up to expectations, leaping 5.40m in the third round to claim her first world title ahead of the Netherlands’ Marlene van Gansewinkel (5.29m) while bronze went to Japan’s Maya Nakanishi (5.00m).