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):


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


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


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