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Top para-sport stories of the week

Major Championships announced, a series of world records at Incheon 2014 and partnership agreements are all highlights from the past seven days.

The Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games closed on 24 October with a spectacular Closing Ceremony. China topped the medals table at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games. © • Incheon 2014
By IPC

A total of 18 out of the 24 available gold medals available at Incheon 2014 were won by Chinese fencers.

The last seven days around para-sport have seen two major Championships announced and an extended sponsorship agreement signed, as well as some outstanding performances at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games.

Here are the top seven stories of the week:

Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games come to a close

China topped the medals table as the 2014 Incheon Asian Para Games in South Korea came to a close.

They won a staggering 317 medals, including 174 gold, 95 silver and 48 bronze. Second were hosts South Korea, winning 211 (72 gold, 62 silver, 77 bronze).

The competition also saw an incredible 24 world records broken or equalled, and 121 new Asian records.

Chinese swimmer Furong Lin was the most decorated athlete, winning six gold medals.

Dubai to host first ever IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will stage the first ever IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships between 3-8 March 2016.

As part of IPC Athletics’ strategy to provide more high level competition opportunities for para-athletes around the world, the Asia-Oceania Championships is expected to attract around 600 athletes from 45 countries.

Chinese wheelchair fencers dominate at Incheon 2014

A total of 18 out of the 24 available gold medals available at Incheon 2014 were won by Chinese fencers.

The team picked up seven men’s titles and 11 women’s with a series of Paralympic champions on form.

Stand out performances include Jing Rong, who beat seven-time Paralympic champion Yu Chui Li of Hong Kong, China, in the category A foil.

London to stage IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships

IPC Athletics, the international federation for para-athletics, has announced that the 2015 IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships will be held in London, Great Britain, on Sunday 26 April in association with the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Up to 12 different medal events will take place, including six events for male para-athletes and six for females, should they meet the minimum viability criteria.

Samsung Electronics Extends Worldwide Paralympic Partnership

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has extended its partnership with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) as a Worldwide Paralympic Partner through until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

For the next six years of this agreement, Samsung, who has sponsored the IPC since 2006, will remain as one of the IPC’s Official Worldwide Paralympic Partners and will expand after 2016 its category of sponsorship to the “Wireless Communications Equipment and Computing Equipment”, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, personal computers and other computing equipment, and desktop printers.

Iran’s Javanmardidodmani breaks two shooting world records

Iran’s world champion pistol shooter Sareh Javanmardidodmani smashed the P4 (mixed 50m pistol SH1) and P2 (women’s 10m air pistol SH1) world records on Sunday (19 October) and Monday (20 October) at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games.

Javanmardidodmani, who collected her first world title at July’s IPC Shooting World Championships in Suhl, Germany, in P2, looked stunned after adding 8.7 points to the previous P4 record with a score of 192.8.

She also took the P2 mark with a score of 200.4 to help Iran to third place in the shooting medals table.

IPC Powerlifting announces historic partnership with Eleiko, world’s strongest Paralympian breaks world record three times

The international federation of para-powerlifting, IPC Powerlifting, announced a five -year partnership on Wednesday (22 October) with globally recognised lifting equipment manufacturer Eleiko.

The deal will see the Swedish-based company, which has a long and illustrious history in weightlifting, provide equipment for all World and regional championships until 2018. Eleiko will also work with IPC Powerlifting to create more awareness of the sport to a new generation of fans from around the world.

The sport created further headlines with Iranian world and Paralympic champion Siamand Rahman breaking the men’s over 107kg world record three times at Incheon 2014. His fourth lift of 292.0kg brings him closer to his 300kg target.

Five Asian athletics records fall in Incheon

China produce another dominant display on the final day of athletics at the Asian Para Games, and there is a first gold for Myanmar.

Man throwing a javelin Yanlong Fu competes at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. At the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games, he took home the title in the men’s discus F42. © • www.photo-hartmann.de
By IPC

Five Asian records fell on the final day of athletics action on Friday (24 October) at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games in South Korea.

Four went China’s way, in another impressive day for them on the track, with Lin Zhu setting the first new Asian record in the women’s 200m T13, speeding to glory in 27.55.

Then it was the turn of her compatriot Hao Wang, who won the men’s 400m T47 title in 49.25, just three-hundredths of a second ahead of India’s Sandeep Singh Maan (49.28).

Two Asian records fell in the women’s 400m T11/12, as China’s Cuiqing Liu, a T11 athlete, won gold in 57.75, ahead of compatriot Guohua Zhou, a T12 athlete, in 58.45.

And finally, in the men’s 400m T13, Uzbekistan’s Fakhriddin Khamraev claimed an Asian record on his way to gold in 50.19, beating China’s Bingbing Jiang (52.53) who has topped the podium previously in this competition.

There was also the first gold of the Incheon Asian Para Games for Myanmar, as Win Kyaw Kyaw won the men’s 400m T44 title in 57.40, beating Indonesia’s Wagiyo (58.68) and Sri Lanka’s Lionel Dharmasir Pulhiri Henayalage (59.51).

Elsehwere on the track, Tadashi Horikoshi helped ensure Japan’s third place in the overall medals table with victory in the men’s 1,500m T12 in 4:08.93.

Thailand’s Rawat Tana picked up his countries 10th gold medal in the athletics as he won the men’s 1,500m T54 in 3:06.52, before Kitsana Jorchuy scooped the 11th in the men’s 400m T11 in 54.35.

Further success went China’s way as Huzhao Li won the men’s 400m T53 in 49.83, before Qichao Sun picked up the men’s 400m T12 title in 49.90.

Malaysia also got their final success of the competition as Nasharuddin Mohd won the men’s 400m T20 in 50.67.

Rounding off the field events were three finals.

China’s Yang Liwan won gold in the women’s shot put F53/54, with 7.47m (1,009 points), to beat Brunei’s Fatema Abdulrazzaw Safar Nedham in 4.28m (903) and Iran’s Marziyeh Sedghi Saghinsara in 6.14m (783).

Liwan's teammate Yanlong Fu took home the title in the men’s discus F42 in 41.31m, beating Iran’s Mehrdad Karam Zadeh (40.26m) and China’s Guofeng Kang (38.77m).

Finally, Iran’s Farzad Sepahvand won the men’s discus F44, with a throw of 49.08m ahead of India’s Santhamuthuvel Kesavan (39.70m) and Sri Lanka’s Sanka Kumara Sirisenage (34.63m).

China topped the athletics medals table overall, winning 104 medals (67 gold, 28 silver, nine bronze), ahead of Iran with 72 (21 gold, 33 silver, 13 bronze) and Japan with 42 (14 gold, 15 silver, 13 bronze).

The Asian Para Games saw athletes competing from 41 nations across 23 sports. For more information, visit the Incheon 2014 website.

The conclusion of the athletics competitions in Incheon follows the announcement that the first ever IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships will take place in 2016 in Dubai, UAE, from 3-8 March 2016.

Yanlong FU - Athletics - London 2012 Paralympic Games

Yanlong FU - Athletics - London 2012 Paralympic Games

Dubai to host the first ever IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships in 2016

The Asia-Oceania Championships is expected to attract around 600 athletes from 45 countries from 3-8 March.

UAE athletics © •
By IPC

"Our aim at IPC Athletics is to develop a competition calendar that caters for the long term development of athletes and National Paralympic Committees in all regions around the world. Announcing this event is another step in the right direction continuing the advancements that have been made following London 2012.

IPC Athletics, the international federation for para-athletics, has announced that Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will stage the first ever IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships between 3-8 March 2016.

As part of IPC Athletics' strategy to provide more high level competition opportunities for para-athletes around the world, the Asia-Oceania Championships is expected to attract around 600 athletes from 45 countries.

To ensure maximum participation at the event and develop para-athletics, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) has promised a strong solidarity programme.

In March this year, Dubai hosted the opening IPC Athletics Grand Prix of the season attracting more than 500 athletes from 37 countries.

Ryan Montgomery, Head of IPC Athletics, said: "After successfully staging two IPC Athletics Grand Prix events since 2013, Dubai was the natural host for this event, and we look forward to working with the LOC over the coming years.

"Our aim at IPC Athletics is to develop a competition calendar that caters for the long term development of athletes and National Paralympic Committees in all regions around the world. Announcing this event is another step in the right direction continuing the advancements that have been made following London 2012.

"The Asian Para Games are underlining the breadth of talent there is in Asia, but it is equally important to provide high level competition opportunities for athletes in Oceania outside of the World Championships and Paralympic Games and this event achieves that objective.

"Looking further ahead, regular regional Championships in Africa, the Americas and Asia-Oceania are in development to sit alongside the strong competition calendar in Europe, ensuring the further development of the sport."

Majid Rashed, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Sports Club for the Disabled said "We are privileged and honoured to be hosting the inaugural IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships. In the UAE and especially Dubai, we have a proud tradition of supporting and developing para-sports as shown last year with our hosting of the IPC Powerlifting World Championships, and over the last two years the IPC Athletics Grand Prix.

"Our aim is not only to provide high level competition for athletics but also to ensure the continual development of para-sport in the region and we are confident with these Championships we can continue to do so.

"We are looking forward to our friends from Asia and Oceania attending these Championships as a last major gathering from the region prior to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games."

IPC Athletics will announce the dates and venues for the 2015 Grand Prix series in the coming weeks, having already announced that London, Great Britain, will stage the 2015 IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships on 26 April and Doha, Qatar, the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships between 22-31 October.

In addition to the new Championships in 2016, Grosseto, Italy, will also stage the IPC Athletics European Championships between 10-16 June. Both events, as well as the 2016 Grand Prix series, will provide qualification opportunities for athletes wishing to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Japan, Iran break athletics world records in Incheon

Iran’s Ali Mohammadyari and Japan’s Yukiko Kato break world records on the penultimate day at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para-Games.

Runner with a guide crossing the finish line with their hands in the air Shinya Wada of Japan won the bronze medal in the men's 5000m T12 race at the London 2012 Paralympics and broke the Asian record in the men’s 800m T11 at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games. © • www.photo-hartmann.de
By IPC

Another two world and two Asian records were broken on Thursday (23 October) in the athletics at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para-Games in South Korea.

It means that six world records have now been broken in the competition so far, which runs until 24 October.

The first came in the men’s discus F56, as Iranian Paralympic bronze medallist Ali Mohammadyari set a new world record of 45.49m, beating compatriot Parvis Golpasandhagh (36.21).

Japan’s Yukiko Kato then broke the record in the women’s shot put F20/41/46 with 12.21m (1031 points).

A new Asian record also went Japan’s way, as Shinya Wada won gold in the men’s 800m T11 with a time of 2:08.97.

And Iran’s Hassan Asgari also became an Asian record holder, with a 2:03.09 victory in the men’s 800m T12.

Track

It was a successful day for Japan all around, with Hirokazu Ueyonbaru (2:09.82) winning the men’s 800m T52 final in dramatic fashion, beating Thailand’s Pichaya Karattanasiri (2.09.83) by just one-hundredth of a second.

His countryman Keita Sato scooped the men’s 100m T44 in 12.10, before he and his team of Tomoki Tagawa, Toru Suzuki and Atsushi Yamamoto won the men’s 4x100m T42-47 in 45.12.

It was also a fruitful day for China, with Huzhao Li winning the men’s 800m T53 in 1:45.16, before Lisha Huang claimed the women’s 100m T53 gold in 16.68, Guangxu Shang (11.73) topped the podium in the men’s 100m T37 and Guohua Zhou (12.56) won the women’s 100m T12.

Another gold went Wenjun Liu’s (16.49) way in the women’s 100m T54, before Yingli Li, Yuanhang Cao, Ping Liu and Junfei Chen won the women’s 4x100m T35-38 in 59.20.

And finally, their team of Yangfeng Cui, Yang Liu, Huzhao Li and Chengming Liu won the men’s 4x400m T53/T54 in 3:07.87.

There was a clean sweep of the podium for Thailand in an incredibly close men’s 800m T54, as Saichon Konjen (1:35.62) emerged victorious ahead of Rawat Tana (1.35.83) and Prawat Wahoram (1.35.89).

Further success for Thailand followed in the men’s 200m T11, as Kitsana Jarchuy won in 24.24.

Uzbekistan enjoyed double success with Marufjon Murodulloev winning the men’s 800m T36/46 in 1:57.88, and Fakhriddin Khamraev taking gold in 23.10 in the men’s 200m T13.

Their relay team of Miran Sakhatov, Doniyor Saliev, Ulugbek Chariev and Fakhriddin Khamraev then won the men’s 4x100m T11-13 in 44.25.

Iraq’s Abbas Hatem Jaber Al-Darraji claimed one of the last titles of the day, with victory (12.33) in the men’s 100m T35/38.

Field

It was a strong day for Iran in the field, as Abdolreza Jokar won the men’s javelin F53/54 in 20.19m (873 points), before Seyed Hosseini Geshnigani (40.14m) took home the men’s discus F35/36 title.

And that success continued, as Jalil Bagheri Jeddi (10.53m) scooped the men’s shot put F55/56 title, Masoud Heidari (45.20m) won the men’s discus F12 and Javod Ehsani Shakin claimed victory in the men’s discus F57 with 43.90m.

China’s Ni Ma bounced back from narrowly missing out on gold on Wednesday (22 October), to win the women’s shot put F37 with 11.96m, beating compatriot Qianqian Jia (9.68m).

A Chinese one-two ensued in the women’s discus F44, as Yue Yang (40.40m) beat compatriot Juan Yao (37.98m), before Xia Dong claimed the title in the men’s javelin F37/38 in 52.80m, and Cuiqing Liu (4.46m) the women’s long jump T11/12.

Qatar’s Aldulrahman Abdulqadir Abdulrahman scooped the men’s shot put F34 title, with 10.54m.

The Asian Para-Games see athletes competing from 41 nations across 23 sports. For more information, visit the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games website.

Shinya WADA - Athletics - London 2012 Paralympic Games

Shinya WADA - Athletics - London 2012 Paralympic Games

London to stage 2015 IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships

British capital will host up to 12 medal events on Sunday 26 April 2015

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

"Following the success of the IPC Athletics Marathon World Cup in London for the last two years, we are delighted that the British capital will stage the IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships next year."

IPC Athletics, the international federation for para-athletics, has announced that the 2015 IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships will be held in London, Great Britain, on Sunday 26 April in association with the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Although the IPC Athletics World Championships will be held in Doha, Qatar, in October 2015, IPC Athletics decided on switching the marathon events to London as it better suited the race schedules of the leading marathon racers.

Up to 12 different medal events will take place including six events for male para-athletes and six for females, should they meet the minimum viability criteria.

The six events per gender are as follows:

T11/T12 - for para-athletes with a severe visual impairment who run with a guide

T13 - for para-athletes with a visual impairment meeting the minimum criteria

T42/43/44 - for para-athletes with lower and upper leg impairments

T45/46 - for para-athletes with lower and upper arm impairments

T51/52 - wheelchair racers with activity limitation in both lower and upper limbs

T53/54 - wheelchair racers with partial trunk and leg function

Ryan Montgomery, Head of IPC Athletics, said: "Following the success of the IPC Athletics Marathon World Cup in London for the last two years, we are delighted that the British capital will stage the IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships next year.

"London has a superb track record for staging top class marathon events, as demonstrated each year and during the London 2012 Paralympic Games. We are very excited about staging this event in the city in 2015.

"In addition to world titles being up for grabs, the races next year will have added impetus as they will act as qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and for some sport classes be the last opportunity to secure their place in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games."

Virgin Money London Marathon Race Director Hugh Brasher, said: "The London Marathon has a proud history of inclusivity; we see it as a vital part of our organisational aims to continue to promote and empower the world of Paralympic sport over the coming years.

"The 2012 London Paralympic Games showed the massive British public support for Paralympic sport. We are very pleased to continue working with the IPC to develop and raise the profile of the para-athletes in all categories.

"We would like London to continue to be centre stage in developing the sport of elite marathon running within all categories, and look forward to welcoming back the world's top para-athletes to London in April 2015."

Each country can enter a maximum of six athletes into each event and each athlete must have made the minimum qualification standard or have been allocated a direct invitation.

The last marathon world titles were awarded in July 2013 as part of the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France.

Switzerland's Marcel Hug, who won the London marathon last year, won the men's T53/54 world title, whilst his compatriot Manuela Schaer won the women's world gold.

There were also gold medals for Chile's Cristian Valenzuela in the men's T11, Morocco's El Amin Chentouf in the men's T12 and Italy's Alessando di Lello in the men's T46 class.

The 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships will take place in Doha, Qatar, between 22-31 October.

For further information, please visit the IPC Athletics website.

2015 Marathon World Championships

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.