It's raining records on the Mondotrack!
The first track and field days have recorded some extraordinary performances
The Paralympic Games track and field program has got off to a great start, with a string of World and Paralympic records. One of the new World records was set by Oscar Pistorius in the preliminary rounds of the 200m T44, with a 21”30 run. However, the South African athlete had to make do with a silver in the final, which was won by Brazilian Alan Oliveira. Another great star of these first Paralympic days was Irish Jason Smyth who, by winning the 100m T13 final and setting a new World record at 10”46, confirmed his title as the fastest Paralympic athlete in the world. The results achieved by British athletes Hannah Cockroft and Richard Whitehead were saluted with roaring enthusiasm: the former ran the 100m T34 final in 18'06, while the latter the 200m T42 final in 24”38. In the women's compartment, Russian Margarita Goncharova took center stage as she managed to snap up two gold medals: in the long jump F37/38 and in the 100m T38. In the throw disciplines, other World records were set by Serbian Zeljko Dimitrijevic in the club throw F31/32/51 (26.88m), by Russian Alexey Ashapatov in the discus throw F57/58 (60.72m) and by Polish Katarzyna Piekart in the javelin F46 (41.15m). Excellent performance by Australian Kelly Cartwright as well, who won gold and set a World record in the long jump F42/44, with a 4.38m jump.