Scottish schoolgirl Shelby Watson created a new World Record at the Harvey Hadden in Nottingham today (Thursday) in the T33 category of the Wheelchair 400m at the CPISRA World Championships on Thursday.
The sparkling achievement came as no surprise to Ian Mirfin, Scottish Athletics’ Paralympic Lead, who paid tribute to Shelby’s dedication over the past two years.
He said “She trains six days a week, works really hard, and is now getting her rewards for all the effort she puts in. To be honest, she has recorded even better times than she did today at previous events, but she only received her official classification this week in advance of the Games.”
“It was a terrific performance in not the best of weather conditions, and as she is competing in three more events, maybe she can also break new ground in one of those.” Shelby, who is 17, and comes from Moffat in the Borders, clocked 1:14.46 in the 400m, and also took gold in the 100m.
Another star for Scotland was Gavin Drysdale, who currently holds the records in all of the RaceRunning distances in the RR3 class, did a golden double with victories in both 400m and 800m.
There was late cheer for Ireland when Paul Keogan and Conor McLiveen found the golden touch in the last two events of the day, winning the T37 400m and T38 400m respectively.
The field events produced some impressive performances with a number of athletes winning double gold. Samantha Gray from England (F33) and Irish duo of Daniel Hanks (F33) and Sean Hughes (F34) all achieved first place in both the seated discus and seated javelin. Rachel Power from Ireland matched this, winning both the ambulant shot and javelin F37 gold.
There was a large field for the men’s ambulant discus with each category producing a clear winner. T36 gold went to England’s William Baxter with a winning throw of 31.72m. In the T37 event, Rob Page (England) recorded 31.11m and Mitchell Dutton completed the English hat-trick in T38 with a best throw of 35.42m.
Other golds went to Austrians Dagmar Reicht (F35) and Angelika Erhart (F36) in the seated javelin and Kate Kelly (Ireland) and Scot Graham Condie in the F32 seated discus. The final golds were awarded in the ambulant shot to the English trio of Anna Nicholson (F35), Mary Wilson (F36) and Amy Wearing (F38).
Of the 78 track and field medals available on the day, England emerged with the biggest haul of 30, followed by Ireland with 11 and Scotland, 8.