Athletics action from the Olympic stadium
now. In the men’s 4 by 400m T53-T54 – China were
the world record holders. An impressive field also included Canada, Thailand and
Republic of Korea. The opening leg of the relay was close but at the first changeover
Liu Yang took control. And by the final leg Liu Chengming was way
out in front and team were looking good for a new world record.
China’s Mi Na won the women’s Discus F37/38. Her first throw of 37.60 broke her own world
record. And In the women’s Shot Put F32, there was
another gold for Tunisia. Maroua Brahmi won her second gold medal. Her throw of
5.76 enough for top spot. Back on the track it was the women’s 1500m
T11. Chinese world record holder Zheng Jin took the lead in the early stages and as
they hit the home straight she had a gold medal in her sights.
And in the women’s 800m T53 – China won another gold medal – Zhou Hongzhuan edging it. She
set a new world record of 1-47.45.
And in the women’s 800m T54, World record holder Tatanya McFadden of the United States
was bidding for her fourth gold medal of the games. McFadden led throughout the
race but by the final lap she was being put under pressure.
In the men’s 400m T38, South Africa’s Dyan Neille Buis had posted a season’s best of
50.81 and was one of the favourites in a strong field.
Six of the starting lineup of the men’s 400m T46/47 – had gone sub 50 seconds this season
but who would come out on top? In the men’s Long Jump T44 Germany’s Markus
Rehm took gold with this leap of 8 meters 21.
In the women’s 400m T12 – world record holder Omara Durand of Cuba was looking for her third gold medal in Rio.
The men’s 400m T11 had two Brazilian’s in the lineup – Could Felipe Gomes or Daniel
Silva get a podium finish? Cuban Leiner Pineda Savon already had a 100m
gold and he was looking good for the double in the men’s 200m T12
And we’ll leave you with the Men’s 800m T36. Australia’s James Turner blew away the rest
of the field on his way to the gold medal.