Davies wins gold and sets new championship record in the discus
Aled Davies blitzed the field as he secured his third World Championship F42 Discus crown after throwing a new championship record.
Davies launched a monster throw of 51.54m, less than three metres shy of his own world record, as he claimed the title and set himself on his way to an historic ‘triple-double’.
The 26-year-old Welshman beat his own championship best, a 49.59m effort he set in Doha in 2015, and vowed there was much more to come as he prepares for his second event, the F42 shot put, later this week.
Davies has the chance to rack up his sixth world championship title, having claimed gold in both F42 discus and shot put in the last two competitions.
“I’m focused on delivering my best in front of all of the wonderful fans who are out to support us.” Aled Davies
“It’s part one of two,” said Davies. “There’s the shot next Saturday, which is my favourite event. It was great to come down here and dominate the discus.
“I’m very content today. I’ve come for the [win] and that’s what I got.
“I came here to execute a process and do what I’m capable of doing – I don’t think about any of the competitors.
“I’m focused on delivering my best in front of all of the wonderful fans who are out to support us.”
Great Britain captain Dan Greaves could not join Davies on a podium after coming fourth in a fiercely competitive F44 Discus final.
Americans Jeremy Campbell and David Blair dominated the event, with Campbell eventually winning with an effort of 63.31m – a championship record.
Greaves’s best of 57.01m would have been good enough for a bronze, but Croatian Ivan Katanusic registered a personal best of 57.33m on his final throw to snatch third place.
“It’s so tough – I’ve been throwing great all year, very consistent and have come into some fine form just before the championships,” said Greaves.
“These guys all stepped up and it took a championship record to win it, and Ivan came third with a PB.
“Last night was amazing to watch and I was so inspired by all the performances – an old codger like me has been around the block and at this level for 17 years.
“It shows you can’t take anything for granted.”
Elsewhere, Richard Chiassaro eased through to this evening’s T54 1500m final after finishing in 3:11.06, a dead heat with Rawat Tana of Thailand.
Chiassaro believes he has learned from his experience at Rio 2016, where he finished fourth in the T54 400m, and has come back a stronger competitor.
“I wanted to show that I could catch [Tana] if I needed to catch him,” said Chiassaro. “The time was a dead heat, so I’m happy with that.
“At Rio 2016, I got done by tactics, so I worked on it, I’m a lot fitter and stronger so I can do the work I needed to do at the front.
“You’ve got to get knocked back to get stronger. I knew what I needed to work on after Rio, and me and my coach went away and did it.”
Elsewhere for Britain, Graeme Ballard led for most of his T36 200m heat, but was eventually pipped to the win by Krzysztof Ciuksza – the Polish athlete’s personal best time of 24.84 beating Ballard’s run of 25.08 – but the Brit still qualified for tomorrow’s final.
Paul Blake is another T36 200m sprinter who lives to fight another day, running a personal best time of 25.29 to finish fourth and join Ballard in the final.
Kieran Tscherniawsky finished fifth in the F33 shot put, while Zak Skinner’s best ever time of 11.15 was not enough to get him a place in the T13 100m final tonight.