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Britain exceeds UK Sport target at 2017 Para Athletics

POSTED ON 24 JULY 2017

Held from 14th-23rd July in London, Britain has ended the 2017 Para Athletics championships with 18 golds, eight silvers and 13 bronze which exceeds the UK Sport target of 26-30 medals

Sammi Kinghorn helped to end the championships on a high by securing a second gold medal, triumphing in the women’s T53 100 metres. “I did genuinely think my life would be spent in bed, so to be double world champion is unbelievable,” commented Kinghorn, who has been paralysed from the waist down since an accident at the age of 14.

Yesterday, there were also silver medals for Polly Maton in the T47 long jump, Jordan Howe in the T35m 100m and Mickey Bushell in the T53 100m.

The World Para Athletics Championships formed part of London’s Summer of World Athletics, when for the first time the World Para Athletics Championships and the IAAF World Championships were held in the same city.

The Championships included a total of 213 medal events held across ten days with 1,300 athletes competing.

Andrew Parsons, IPC Vice President said: “London 2017 promised the best and by some distance it delivered the best. Record breaking vocal crowds, supreme levels of organisation and masses of media; when it comes to staging major international Para sport events no one does it better than Britain.

“Athletes your performances surprised, entertained, excited and inspired. You showed immense spirit, deep determination and super human abilities. You represent the best of sport and showcase best of inclusive society.

“From the bottom of our hearts, thank you London 2017 for staging the best World Para Athletics Championships ever.

“Finally the time has come for me to declare the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 closed. I call upon Para athletes all over the world to meet again in 2019, where once again, you will inspire and excite the world with your sporting excellence.”

With attendances exceeding 20,000 for the weekend sessions with more than 305,000 tickets sold throughout the championships, today British officials are to declare their intention to launch an official bid to bring the World Para Athletics Championships back to London in 2019, which is backed by many stars of the event, calling it a ‘no-brainer’.

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