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5 world records broken in single day at Para Athletics Championships

Published : 24 May 2024, 02:06

  DF News Desk
Faisal Alrajehi (R) of Kuwait celebrates after Men's 5000m T54 Final at the Para Athletics World Championships held in Kobe, Japan, May 23, 2024. Photo: Xinhua by Zhang Xiaoyu.

Five world records were broken at the Para Athletics World Championships here on Thursday, the seventh day of the event, reported Xinhua.

The men's 400m T12 final saw Turkish runner Serkan Yildirim, 32, smashed the world record by clocking 47.47 seconds, as New Zealand's Danielle Aitchison, 22, set the women's 200m T36 record in 27.47s at the Universiade Memorial Stadium in the central Japanese port city of Kobe.

Algeria's 31-year-old Skander Djamil Athmani broke the men's 400m T13 world record in 46.44s, while his compatriot, 41-year-old Safia Djelal, shattered her own world record of women's shot put F57 with a throw of 11.62 meters.

In the women's shot put F64 final, France's Alexandra Nouchet, 26, though ranking fourth, smashed the world record of her own category F63 with a throw of 10.64m.

The Kobe 2024 Para Athletics World Championships, held in East Asia for the first time, serve as a crucial qualifier for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

The championships, which run until May 25, have attracted over 1,000 athletes from 100 countries and regions competing in 168 events.

Originally scheduled for 2021, the event was postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.