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China’s Yang Liwan breaks world record in Incheon

Another amazing day of athletics at the 2014 Asian Para Games saw 24 gold medals won and more records broken.

Na Mi China's Na Mi and Qiuping Xu took gold and silver, respectively, in the women's shot put F37 on Day 6 of London 2012. © • Getty Images
By IPC

One world and five Asian records fell on another dramatic day of athletics action on Wednesday (22 October) at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games in South Korea.

China won 10 titles, while Iran also impressed with five golds.

In one of the first events of the day, China’s Yang Liwan claimed back the world record she lost at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, as she threw 18.45m to score 1,019 points in the women’s javelin F53/54.

Thailand’s Phichai Boonsri then started a flurry of new Asian records with a gold winning throw of 37.70m in the men’s discus F11.

Iran’s Mohammadali Malekpour quickly followed suit, breaking the Asian record on his way to victory in the men’s discus F54/55 in 36.56m, before the Chinese team of Gouhua Zhou, Yan Chen, Lin Zhu and Cuiqing Liu did the same in the women’s 4x100m T11/12/13 final, with a blistering 49.74.

The fourth Asian record of the day went to the United Arab Emirates’ Mohamad Abdalla Ahmed Alq Alhammadi, winning the men’s 200m T34 in 28.32.

And finally, further record breaking success went Iran’s way as Sajad Mohammadian threw 13.86m on his way to gold in the men’s shot put F42.

Track

China dominated once again, started by Hongzhuan Zhou winning the women’s 400m T53 in 55.48.

Her compatriot Wenjun Liu quickly mirrored this success in the women’s 400m T54 in 56.12, four seconds ahead of her opponents, before Guangxu Shang (34.41) won the men’s 200m T37 and Yaqin Shen scooped the women’s 200m T12 title in 26.62.

Sri Lanka’s Anil Prasanna Jayalath Yodha Pedige won the men’s 200m T42 final in 25.87, and a second gold of the day for Thailand came through Pichaya Kurattanasiri (32.85) in the men’s 200m T52.

Japan’s track success came through Keita Sato, winning the men’s 200m T44 in 24.15.

And it was a good day for Malaysia as Mohammad Azlan Mat Lazin took first in the men’s 400m T36 in 59.84 before fellow countryman Mohamad Faizal Aideal Suhaimi won the men’s 100m T12 in 11.33.

In one of the final races of the day, finishing as they started, China found more glory as Hao Wang stormed to gold in 11.07 in the men’s 100m T47 final.

Field

China’s Zou Lijuan (7.90m) kicked off proceedings with glory in the women’s shot put F34.

Iran’s Sagedh Beit Sayah took home the men’s discus F41 title in 37.32m (897), and there was further Iranian success in the men’s shot put F35/36, as Danial Souraniyancheshmeh threw 12.44m (900 points).

A Chinese one-two ensued in the women’s javelin throw F37/38 as Qiangian Jia (31.27) beat Na Mi (29.52), before Feixia Dong threw a season’s best 6.27m on her way to glory in the women’s shot put F55/56.

Japan got their first field medal of the day through Yukiko Kato, as she won the women’s discus throw F41/46 in 35.14m, before Iran’s Mohammad Khalvandi (42.16m) took home the men’s javelin F57 title.

And finally, China’s Yanping Wang claimed gold in the women’s long jump T47, with a distance of 4.41m.

The Asian Para Games sees athletes competing from 41 nations across 23 sports until the 24 October.

For more information, visit the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games website.

2015 IPC Athletics Worlds website launches

Doha2015.org is the place for fans and the media to find up-to-date information about October’s 2015 IPC Athletics Worlds.

Screenshot of a website With exactly one year to go (22 October) until the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar, the competition website at www.Doha2015.org has been launched. © • IPC
By IPC

With exactly one year to go (22 October) until the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar, the competition website at www.Doha2015.org has been launched.

The event will feature around 1,300 athletes from 90 countries and will take place in the Suhaim Bin Hamam stadium between 22-31 October.

Craig Spence, the International Paralympic Committee’s Director of Communications, said “Doha2015.org is the place to find all the most up-to-date news, schedules and information about this fantastic event and will be constantly updated with lots of other useful content for spectators and the media.

“We expect athletes to arrive in Doha with the clear intention of putting on their best performances, not only aiming to become world champions, but to assess their competition ahead of Rio 2016.

“The website will therefore be packed with athlete interviews, biographies and previews and reviews of 2015 IPC Athletics competitions so that fans can follow the build-up from there as well.”

The 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships will be the seventh edition of the event, staged since 1994.

At the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, France, Russia topped the medals table with a total of 53 medals including 26 gold, 16 silver and 11 bronze. The USA were second with 52 medals and Brazil third with 40.

It was the biggest IPC Athletics World Championships to date with a total of 55 world records set.

Screenshot Doha 2015 website

Screenshot Doha 2015 website

Photographers - Athletics - London 2012 Paralympic Games

Photographers - Athletics - London 2012 Paralympic Games

Three athletics Asian records fall in Incheon

China dominate once more on day three (21 October) of the Asian Para Games, winning 13 titles.

Atsushi Yamamoto of Japan and Daniel Jorgensen of Denmark compete in the men's 100m T42 heats at London 2012 Japan's Atsushi Yamamoto set an Asian record in the men’s 100m T42 race at the Incheon Asian Para Games © • Getty Images
By IPC

Three more Asian records fell in athletics on day three (Tuesday 21 October) of the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games in South Korea.

It was another dominant day for China, as they won 13 titles and now sit top of the overall medals table with 179 medals including 95 golds.

Two Asian records fell in the field, with China's Zhanbiao Hou throwing a huge 49.32m in the men's discus throw F46, before Malaysian 17-year-old Abdul Latif Romly jumped 7.01m in the men's long jump T20.

And on the track, Japan's Atsushi Yamamoto ran a lightening 12.81 to break the Asian record in the men's 100m T42.

Track

China enjoyed a dominant morning session, with Bingbing Jiang kicking off proceedings with gold in the men's 100m T13 in 11.58, beating compatriot Guo Jin (11.63) and Thailand's Songwut Lamsan (11.78).

Another Chinese one-two was to follow as Hongzhaun Zhou won the women's 800m T53 in 1:57.24, narrowly beating Lisha Huang (1:58.24) and Japan's Kazumi Nakayama (2:05.79).

Then followed Wenjun Liu's victory (2:00.21) in the women's 800m T54, Lin Zhu's gold in women's 100m T13 in 13.13, Huzhao Li's victory (15.19) in the men's 100m T53, Guiqing Liu (25.62) winning the women's 200m T11 and finally Yanping Wang (12.66) in the women's 100m T44/47.

Elsewhere, there was double gold for Malaysia as Mohammad Azlan Mat Lazin (26.26) won the men's 200m T37, and Siti Nooriasah Mohamad Ariffin strode to glory (1:02.45) in the women's 400m T20.

There was also triple success for Thailand, as Saichon Konjen (14.68) claimed victory in the men's 100m T54, Rawa Tana won the men's 5,000m T54 in 10:24.31 and Pichaya Kurattanasiri (1:02.38) scooped the men's 400m T52 title.

And finally, Iraq's Abbas Hatem Jaber Al-Darraji (25.03) won the men's 200m T35/37/38.

Field

Iran enjoyed a successful day in the field, winning four titles. There was an Iranian one-two in the women's shot put F57 final, as Mahnaz Amini Nogourani (7.92m) edged out Fatemah Montazari Ghahjaverestani (7.66m).

And Nogourani's second gold medal was to follow as she threw 21.57m in the javelin F57.

Another Iranian one-two then ensued in the men's shot put F53/54 as Alireza Makhtari Hemami threw 6.60m to beat compatriot Abdolreza Jokar (5.53m).

And finally, Younes Seifipour took victory in the men's shot put F32 with 6.85m.

China also enjoyed more success, with gold for Zou Lijuan in the women's javelin F33/34 with a distance of 17.92m (714 points), Yanlong Fu (49.90) in the men's javelin F42/44, Mingyu Chen (6.88m) in the men's long jump T11/12, Fexia Dong (22.0m) in the women's discus F55/56 and Jun Wang (10.34m) in the women's shot put F35/36.

Uzbekistan's Khusniddin Norbekov threw a huge 53.84m on his way to gold in the men's discus F37.

Saudi Arabia's Hani Hussain M Alnakhli collected his country's second gold medal of the Games with victory in the men's shot put F33, throwing 8.55m, and South Korea's Sun-Jeong Kim won the women's club throw F31/32/51, with a distance of 10.7m (648 points).

The Asian Para Games sees athletes from 41 countries competing across 23 sports until 24 October.

For more information, visit the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games website.

Athletics - Events - Marathon World Championships 2015

Marathon World Championships 2015

Men's wheelchair racers cross Tower Bridge in the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon Men's wheelchair racers cross Tower Bridge in the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon © • Getty Images

IPC Athletics will host the 2015 IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships in association with the Virgin Money London Marathon on the 26 April 2015 in London, Great Britain.

The events of the 2015 IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships will be listed at the end of this page.

Athlete Eligibility

To be eligible for entry, an athlete must:

• hold an active IPC Athletics License for the 2015 season;

• have achieved at least MQS performance at an IPC Athletics Recognised Competition (IPC Competition, IPC Sanctioned Competition, or IPC Athletics Approved Competition) for their respective event between 1 January 2014 and 09 February 2015 in accordance with the Athlete Licensing Programme Policies valid for the 2014-2015 seasons; or

• have been allocated a Direct Invitation

Athletes with International “New”, “Review” and “Confirmed” sport class status are allowed to enter.

Guide-runners

NPCs may enter a maximum of two (2) Guide-runners per athlete for athletes in Sports Classes T11-12. All Guide-runners must hold an active IPC Athletics License for the 2015 season.

Maximum Entry per NPC

NPCs may enter a maximum of six (6) eligible athletes in each marathon event provided each athlete has achieved MQS performance in that event.

Direct Invitation

IPC Athletics reserves the right to directly invite athletes under the following criteria:

• to enable the greater representation by nation or region;

• to ensure medal events will have sufficient representation for viability;

• to enable greater representation by gender;

• to ensure the representation of athletes with a severe disability;

• to ensure top athletes that may have not had the opportunity to formally qualify due to extraordinary circumstances.

To be considered for a direct invite slot, an athlete must hold an IPC Athletics Athlete License for the 2015 season.

Event Viability Criteria

A minimum of five (5) athlete entries from three (3) NPCs is necessary to sustain a World Championships Status.

IPC Athletics shall review the event viability following the close of the final entry on 09 February 2015. In the case an event did not meet the above viability criteria by the final entry based on the Classification Hierarchy Table (Rule 9), IPC Athletics reserve the right to combine such event with other event(s) where appropriate and applicable. IPC Athletics also reserve the right to cancel such events or run them as non-medal events.

In the case the entry number of an event dropped below the aforementioned event viability criteria due to withdrawals after 09 February 2015, the event shall still be run as a Medal Event and the medals will be allocated under the ‘minus one’ rule.

Qualification Timeline

1 January 2014: Start of the qualification period for athletes to achieve MQS performances.

15 November 2014: IPC Athletics open the online entry system.

1 February 2015: Deadline for NPCs to request in writing for a Direct Invitation slot or additional athlete entries to IPC Athletics.

9 February 2015: End of the period for athletes to achieve MQS performances to be eligible to compete.

9 February 2015: Deadline for IPC Athletics to receive Final Entry by Name from NPCs and the team delegation size via the online entry system.

10 February 2015: Direct Invitation slots allocated to NPCs.

Classification

Classification will take place on the 25 April 2015. All athletes with a new or review classification status (except those with a fixed review date later than 2015) will be required to undergo classification.

Competition Fee

The competition fee for the 2015 IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships will be €100 per delegation member including but not limited to athletes, coaches, team medical staff, team officials, guide-runners etc.

The competition fee is payable upon invoice and competition fees must be received by IPC Athletics no later than 09 February 2015. Following the close of final entry on 09 February 2015, no reimbursement of competition fees for any team members withdrawn shall be permitted, with the following exception:

• An Athlete loses all his entered event(s) due to cancellation of the non-viable event(s).

The competition fee will not cover accommodation and breakfast. Your NPC must contact the Local Organizing Committee (LOC)/accommodation partner for the Championships to arrange our team accommodation in London. More details shall be made available soon.

Dates

Arrival: 23/24 April 2015

Classification: 25 April 2015

Marathon: 26 April 2015

Departure: 27 April 2015

Transport

Ground transport will be provided for accredited personnel from Heathrow Airport to the Official Championships Hotel and between Championships venues.

Team Officials Accreditation

Each NPC may accredit a limited number of Team Officials staying in the official hotel, according to the following matrix:

1-3 athletes - 2 team officials

4-6 athletes - 3 team officials

7-10 athletes - 4 team officials

10+ athletes - 5 team officials

Additional officials must be approved by IPC Athletics and accommodation will be subject to availability.

Disclaimer:

IPC Athletics reserve the right to amend the content of this document at its own discretion.

For further information contact Ryan Montgomery, Head of IPC Athletics, at ipcathletics@paralympic.org

The 2015 IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships shall consist of the following events:

2015 IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships Events
Event Class MQS - Male MQS - Female
A T11/12 3h00min 3h10min
B T13 3h00min 3h10min
C T42/43/44 3h00min 3h10min
D T45/46 3h00min 3h10min
E T51/52 2h 30min 2h 40min
F T53/54 1h 35min 2h 00min
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Records fall in para-athletics at 2014 Asian Para Games

China’s Junfei Chen and Kuwait’s Ahmad Almutairi break world records on second day of para-athletics in Incheon.

Four runners on a track in a stadium Junfei Chen at the London 2012 Paralympic Games © • Lieven Coudenys
By IPC

China’s Junfei Chen and Kuwait’s Ahmad Almutairi both smashed world records on Monday (20 October) as records continued to fall on the second day of para-athletics competition at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea.

Two world and eight Asian records were broken on a day when China again led the way winning 14 out of 27 medal events.

After winning the 200m on Sunday (19 October), Chen had a busy day on Monday competing in two events.

In the 400m, she ran a blistering 1:02.53 to win gold and knock nearly six seconds off her own T38 world record set in April. In a mixed class race, Chen’s compatriot Yingli Li (1:07.79) also broke the T37 Asian record to take the bronze.

Less than seven hours later, Chen (13:50) completed her hat-trick of sprint titles with a new Asian record in the 100m T35/37/38. Teammate Li (14.41) this time claimed silver setting her second T37 Asian record of the day.

In the men’s 100m T34, Almutairi (16.81) set a new T33 world record to secure silver behind the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Mohamed Alhammadi (15.99), who himself set a new Asian record in securing the gold.

China won further gold medals on the track through Cuiqing Liu (12.45) and guide Donglin Xu in the women’s 100m T11, Qichao Sun (22.85) in the men’s 200m T12, Yang Liu (47.09) in the men’s 400m T54 and Hongzhuan Zhou (3:33.28) in the women’s 1,500m T54

For the hosts, Min-Jae Jeon (15.60) added the 100m T36 title to the 200m T36 gold she won on Sunday.

In men’s track events, there also wins for Chinese Taipei’s Chuan-Hui Yang (11.70) and guide Te-Tseng Huang in the 100m T11, Malaysia’s Mohammad Mat Lazin (12.38) in the 100m T36, Thailand’s Peth Rungsri (18.89) in the 100m T52, Japan’s Shinya Wada (4:20.45) and guide Kazumitsu Imaki in the 1,500m T11 and Uzbekistan’s Marufjon Murodulloev (4:10.60) in the 1,500m T46

In the field four Asian records were broken and one equalled by gold medallists including Iran’s Mohammad Alvanpour (37.23m) in the men’s javelin F55/56, China’s Liwan Wang (18.06m) in the women’s discus F52/53/54 and Malaysia’s Mohamad Mohamad Puzi (5.42m) in the men’s long jump T36/37/38.

On a successful day for India, Amit Kumar (21.31m) broke his own club throw F51 Asian record for gold in the F31/32/51 event whilst teammate Sharad Kumar (1.80m), a T42 athlete, equalled the 12-year-old regional record to win the men’s high jump T42/44/47.

Elsewhere China won seven further field titles with two athletes picking up their second gold medals of the Games; Yanzhang Wang (43.29m) in the men’s discus F34 and Liangmin Zhang (11.39m) in the women’s shot put F11/12.

Juan Yao (12.30m) in the women’s shot put, Feixia Dong (15.64m) in the women’s javelin F55/56, Dona Xia (15.25m) in the men’s shot put F37, Chunliang Guo (58.89m) in the men’s javelin F46 and Fuliang Liu (6.73m) in the men’s long jump T47 also picked up gold for the 2010 Asian Para Games host country.

Finally, Qatar’s Sara Hamdi Masoud (9.86m) secured her second gold of Incheon 2014 with a personal best in the women’s discus F33/34 and Uzbekistan’s Mavlonbek Haydarov (14.39m) topped the podium in the men’s shot put F11/12.

The 2014 Asian Para Games opened on Saturday 18 October and will run through to Friday 24 October. Athletes from 41 countries will compete in 23 sports.

Junfei CHEN - Athletics - London 2012 Paralympic Games

Junfei CHEN - Athletics - London 2012 Paralympic Games

Min-Jae Jeon Korea at Incheon

Min-Jae Jeon Korea at Incheon

Five athletics rivalries for Incheon 2014

Top ranked Asian athletes will go head-to-head at the Asian Para Games between 18-24 October.

A picture of a man in a wheelchair racing on a track Prawat Wahoram of Thailand competes in the Men's 5000m T54 heat at the IPC Athletics World Championship in Christchurch, New Zeland © • Getty images
By IPC

With just over one year to go until the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships are held in Asia, in Doha, Qatar, athletes from the region are preparing to line-up against each other at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games.

Here are five of the closest rivalries to be played out at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium over what is set to be six days of exciting action.

Men’s 100m T42

Thailand’s Tawatchai Morapat is the current world No.1 in this event and will go head-to-head with Japan’s Atsushi Yamamoto, world No.3.

Despite a disappointing fifth place finish at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, Yamamoto has emerged as one of the athletes to watch in 2014 with a series of podium-topping performances.

Meanwhile Morapat, the silver medallist from the 2010 Asian Para Games in Guangzhou, China, in 2010, could overtake his reigning champion rival to claim victory this time around.

Just 0.31 seconds seperates the season’s best of the pair.

Men’s 1,500m T54

This race will feature a three-way battle between Japan’s Masayuki Higuchi and Thai teammates Prawat Wahoram and Rawat Tana.

The trio make-up the Asian top three and have a series of Paralympic and World Championship medals between them.

Wahoram is the silver medallist from London 2012 and has a total of five Paralympic titles, Tana the second-placed finisher from Lyon 2013 and a world champion from 2002 whilst Higuchi was the Worlds bronze medallist behind Tana.

Women’s 100m, 200m and 400m T53

Barely a nose separates Chinese teammates Lisha Huang and Hongzhuan Zhou in these three events and Incheon 2014 will add another chapter to the ongoing clash.

After winning 100m gold at London 2012 Huang followed up with a double victory at Lyon 2013, adding the 200m title to her collection.

Not to be outdone, Zhou took the 400m top spot from Huang at Lyon 2013 to follow-up on her own gold from 2012.

Men’s discus F34

Iran’s Jalal Khakzadiyeh, China’s Yangzhang Wang and Iranian Siamak Saleh Farajzadeh make up the Asian top three respectively.

Paralympic champion Wang has lost ground to No.1 Khakzadiyeh in 2014, the silver medallist from Guangzhou 2010. Saleh Farajzadeh, a former World and Paralympic record holder, is a strong third in the rankings following a consistent performance this season.

Women’s 100m T11

Still just 19-years-of age, China’s Yan Chen already has a bronze medal from Guangzhou 2010 under her belt and enters this event as the Asian No.2.

Her main challenger, third ranked Japan’s Chiaki Takada, was absent in Guangzhou so this race will be an interesting one to watch. Especially considering the pair have not yet met on the track this season.

Over 550 athletes from nearly 40 countries will compete in athletics at Incheon 2014, with action beginning on 19 October.

For more information, including results, visit the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games website.