GB tops RaceRunning podium at the World Para Athletics Championships

Cerebral Palsy Sport athletes Rafi Solaiman and Ellie Simpson (Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Sporting Ambassador) both took silver medals at the inaugural World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai on 15th November 2019.

Ellie Simpson (silver) Image credit: Ben Booth

Gavin Drysdale and Kayleigh Haggo (both coached by Ian Mirfin; Red Star)  won the world titles in the RR3 (RaceRunning) 100m category, which was making its debut at the World Para Athletics Championships on the final day of action.

European champion Gavin Drysdale won the world title, lowering the world record to 16.72s (-0.4), ahead of Rafi Solaiman (Philip Fleetwood; Sheffield & Dearne) the silver to make it two Briton’s on the podium, his time recorded at 17.38s.

Rafi Solaiman (silver) Image credit: Ben Booth

In the women’s race Kayleigh Haggo (Ian Mirfin; Red Star) won her first world title also in world record time. The 20-year-old was pushed all the way by her teammate Ellie Simpson (Jessica Davidson; Sheffield & Dearne), the pair separated by just 0.55s in the end with personal best times of 18.32s (-0.1) and 18.87s respectively to earn their moment on top of the podium.

Image credit: Ben Booth

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Congratulations also goes to Anna Nicolson, a Cerebral Palsy Sport participant who came 4th in the Shot Put event, with a fantastic PB of 8m 47.

British Athletics Medal Tally (29):

Gold:

Hollie Arnold – F46 Javelin

Paul Blake – T36 800m

Jonathan Broom-Edwards – T64 High Jump

Hannah Cockroft – T34 100m & 800m

Aled Davies – F63 Shot Put

Gavin Drysdale – RR3 100m

Sabrina Fortune – F20 Shot Put

Kayleigh Haggo – RR3 100m

Sophie Hahn – T38 100m & 200m

Maria Lyle – T35 100m & 200m

Silver:

Kare Adenegan – T34 100m & 800m

Jo Butterfield – F51 Club Throw

Kadeena Cox – T38 400m

Derek Rae – T46 Marathon*

Ellie Simpson – RR3 100m

Rafi Solaiman – RR3 100m

Andrew Small – T33 100m

Richard Whiteheaad – T61 200m

Thomas Young – T38 100m

Bronze:

Olivia Breen – T38 Long Jump

Richard Chiassaro – T54 400m

Kyron Duke – F41 Shot Put

Harri Jenkins – T33 100m

Sammi Kinghorn – T53 100m

Vanessa Wallace – F34 Shot Put

Results can be found at https://www.paralympic.org/dubai-2019/schedule/.

British Athletics squad announced for World Para Athletics Championships

British Athletics has confirmed the 43 athletes selected to compete at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai (7-15 November 2019).

RaceRunning makes its debut at the World Para Athletics Championships after starring at the Europeans last year. The British team is made up of; Rafi Solaiman, Kayleigh Haggo, Gavin Drysdale and Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador Ellie Simpson.

Rafi Solaiman

Squad members include 11 world champions from London 2017, and 2019 World Champions Olivia Breen, Kadeena Cox , Sophie Kamlish, Sammi Kinghorn and Stef Reid.

Ellie Simpson and Rafi Solaiman will be competiting at the Cerebral Palsy Sport National Athletics Championships in Doncaster this Saturday.

The British Athletics team for the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai to be held between 7-15 November 2019:

Women:

Kare Adenegan (Job King; Coventry) – T34 100m & 800m

Hollie Arnold (David Turner; Blackheath & Bromley) – F46 Javelin

Martina Barber (Paddy O’Shea; Stevenage & North Herts) – T20 Long Jump

Olivia Breen (Aston Moore; City of Portsmouth) – T38 Long Jump & 100m

Jo Butterfield (Phil Peat / Shona Malcolm; Forth Flyers) – F51 Club Throw

Lydia Church (Jim Edwards; Nene Valley) – F12 Shot Put

Libby Clegg (Joe McDonnell; Charnwood) [Guide Runner: Thomas Somers (Benke Blomkvist; Newham & Essex Beagles)] – T11 200m & Universal 4x100m relay

Hannah Cockroft (Jenni Banks; Leeds) – T34 100m & 800m

Kadeena Cox (Matt Cullen; Sale Harriers Manchester) – T38 200m & 400m

Sabrina Fortune (Ian Robinson; Deeside AAC) – F20 Shot Put

Kayleigh Haggo (Ian Mirfin; Red Star) – RR3 100m

Sophie Hahn (Leon Baptiste; Charnwood) – T38 100m, 200m & Universal 4x100m relay

Sophie Kamlish (Rob Ellchuk; Team Bath) – T64 100m

Sammi Kinghorn (Ian Mirfin; Red Star) – T53 100m & Universal 4x100m relay

Maria Lyle (Jamie Bowie; Team East Lothian) – T35 100m & 200m

Anna Nicholson (Richard Kaufman; Gateshead) – F35 Shot Put

Stef Reid (Aston Moore; Charnwood) – T64 Long Jump

Ellie Simpson (Jessica Davidson; Sheffield & Dearne) – RR3 100m

Ali Smith (Chris Zah; Guildford & Godalming) – T38 100m, 400m & Universal 4x100m relay

Hannah Taunton (Charlotte Fisher; Taunton) – T20 1500m

Vanessa Wallace (Alison O’Riordan; Enfield & Haringey) – F34 Shot Put

Men:

Ola Abidogun (Grant Barker; Horwich) – T47 100m & Universal 4x100m relay

Paul Blake (Rob Ellchuk; Dorchester) – T36 400m & 800m

Jonathan Broom-Edwards (Graham Ravenscroft; Newham & Essex Beagles) – T64 High Jump

Mickey Bushell (Rick Hoskins; Birchfield) – T53 100m

Richard Chiassaro (Jenni Banks; Harlow) – T54 100m, 400m, 800m & 1500m

Aled Davies (Ryan Spencer-Jones; Cardiff) – F63 Shot Put

Gavin Drysdale (Ian Mirfin; Red Star) – RR3 100m

Kyron Duke (Anthony Hughes; DSW Para Academy) – F41 Shot Put

Jordan Howe (Kevin Williams; DSW Para Academy) – T35 100m

Harri Jenkins (Anthony Hughes; DSW Para Academy) – T33 100m

Nathan Maguire (Ste Hoskins; Kirkby AC) – T54 100m, 400m, 800m & Universal 4x100m relay

Owen Miller (Steven Doig; Fife) – T20 1500m

Jonnie Peacock (Michael Khmel / Dan Pfaff; Charnwood) – T64 100m & Universal 4x100m relay

Ben Rowlings (Ian Mirfin; Coventry) – T34 100m, 400m & 800m

Luke Sinnott (Roger Keller; Bournemouth) – T63 Long Jump & T61 200m

Zak Skinner (Aston Moore; Loughborough Students) – T13 Long Jump & Universal 4x100m relay

Andrew Small (Rick Hoskins; Stockport) – T33 100m

Rafi Solaiman (Philip Fleetwood; Sheffield & Dearne) – RR3 100m

Isaac Towers (Peter Wyman; Kirkby AC) – T34 400m & 800m

Richard Whitehead (Keith Antoine; Southwell) – T61 200m

Thomas Young (Joe McDonnell; Charnwood) – T38 100m

British RaceRunning success at the WPA European Athletics Championships

RaceRunning has made its competitive debut at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin this month and Great Britain and Northern Ireland have new European RaceRunning Champions for both men and women.

Women’s 100m RR2/3

After both setting world records in their classes in the morning’s heats, it was expected to be a competitive final and it certainly lived up to the billing. Hannah Dines (Red Star) was pushed all the way to the line by teammate Kayleigh Haggo (Red Star, Janice Eaglesham) and stopped the clock in 19.00 (-0.7) – 0.13 seconds outside the world record she had set in the heats,  to beat her teammate and both secured their place on the podium.

Newly crowned European champion, Hanah said the competition from her teammate only makes the pair stronger: “Having the opportunity to compete on the world stage is incredibly important and I am delighted to be given the opportunity and win gold.

“I think I am going to have to train pretty hard to stop Kayleigh grabbing that off me,” Hannah added.

Silver medallist Kayleigh, who set a time of 19.46 said: I can’t put into words how much I enjoyed it. I went out there to have fun and I certainly did that. Hannah and I train together so it’s really good having each other to push one another. When I am racing her, I just love it and I love trying to catch her and trying to keep up.”

Europeans Berlin


 

Men’s RR2/RR3 100m Final

The next race on the track also saw a British one-two as Gavin Drysdale (Red Star, Janice Eaglesham) raced to victory in the men’s RR3/2 1oom Final with Rafi Solaiman (Sheffield & Dearne) taking the silver medal and Lassi Kromann from Denmark (RR2) placing third. Gavin and Rafi’s times were 17.37 (-1.0) and 19.33 respectively.

Gavin Drysdale from Scotland, had an impressive start which set the tone for the rest of the contest. He surged to the gold medal with his teammate Rafi battling hard to secure his first international medal for the GB & NI team.

Gavin said: “I felt like I had already won a gold medal just by being here so to win a real one is absolutely incredible. It means the absolute world to me to be competing here in Berlin, I still can’t believe we are actually here, I am usually cheering everyone from my TV screen at home and now I am on the other side having just competed.

“Race running is one of the very few sports I can do independently so to be given this opportunity to come and compete at a European Championships and something which I can participate in independently and, more importantly, something I love has just been totally surreal.”

Rafi who is bringing home his first WPA Silver medal added: “It feels great to be a silver medallist – I can’t believe it. I came here to medal, and I have done it. It was absolutely exhilarating. From the minute the gun went off, I was in the zone and it was good.”

Europeans Berlin 2

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