Latest Athletics News (Week 4 August 2018)

GB finishes second at European Para-athletics Championships

Great Britain finished the Para-athletics European Championships with a medal count of 50, inclusive of 20 golds, which were enough for the nation to come second on the medal table, below Poland. On the final day of the Championships at Berlin, 18 year old Thomas Young won his second gold, claiming victory of the men’s T38 100 metres title with a time of 11.66 seconds. On the same day, twice Paralympic champion, Aled Sion Davies set a new championship record of 15.39 metres in the men’s F63 shot put, winning his second gold of the championship. Great Britain also won gold at the 4x100m relay, the team consisting of Zachary Shaw, Sophie Hahn, Laura Sugar and Maguire. This makes for Sophie Hahn’s third gold in Berlin, following her victories in women’s T38 and T35 100 metres races. Ben Rowlingscames second and Isaac Towers fourth in the men’s T34 800 metres final race. With a 5.49 metres leap, Stef Reid won bronze for Great Britain in women’s T64 long jump.


Indian athletes at the Asian games

At the end of Day 9 of the Asian Games, India sits on the ninth position of the medal board with 41 medals, consisting of 8 golds, 13 silvers and 20 bronze medals. Neeraj Chopra, considered the Indian athlete in limelight right now, delivered to expectations with a gold in javelin throw, attaining a new personal best of a massive 88.06 metres. P.V. Sindhu joined Chopra in the record books by becoming the first Indian shuttler to enter the Asian Games badminton singles final. After defeating Akane Yamaguchi, Sindhu will now face Tai Tzu-Ying in the final round, someone who Sindhu has not been able to beat in their last five matches. The men’s table tennis team representing India also brought in good news for the nation by winning the quarter finals against the much-celebrated Japanese table tennis team, hence assuring India of their first ever Asian Games medal in table tennis. Indians have been lifting quite a lot of silver in the athletics arena, including Sudha Singh for the women’s 300m steeplechase, DharunAyyasamy for men’s 400m hurdle race and NeenaVarakil for women’s long jump.


 Ronnie Baker sets season’s fastest 100 metres time

Sprinter Ronnie Baker clocker 9.87 seconds to claim victory at the Charzow meeting at Poland, setting a season record in 100 metres race. With this time record, the 24-year-old lowered the season’s best of 9.88 second, a record he shared with Noah Lyles. In fact, Baker eclipsed the previous record of 9.98 seconds, set by Usain Bolt in 2014.the American won bronze at the 60 metres World Indoor Games and will be participating at the Diamond League at Brussels this week.