Asian Para athletes dominate at Fazza-Dubai 2021 Grand Prix

Asian Para athletes dominate at Fazza-Dubai 2021 Grand Prix

16 February 2021

Asian athletes were dominant as Para sports action resumed at the 12th Fazza International Championships – Dubai 2021 World Para Athletics Grand Prix at the Dubai Club for People of Determination.

At the end of the event, Asian nations took the top three places on the medal table with Thailand in first place with 39 medals (14 gold, 13 silver and 12 bronze), Uzbekistan second with 24 medals (13 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze) and India in third with 23 medals (11 gold, 6 silver and 6 bronze). The hosts UAE ended their campaign with 15 medals including seven silver and eight bronze.

Uzbekistan shot putter Bobirjon Omonov made a happy return to the venue where he clinched his World Championship title in 2019, clearing a distance of 14.31m for a new world record in the men’s shot put F41. Omonov’s new mark was just 0.1m longer than the previous record from Germany’s Niko Kapel.

There were three more world records at the Championships. Italy’s 19-year-old Ambra Sabatini made an unforgettable international debut setting a new world record for the women’s 100m T63 clocking 14.59s.

Rio 2016 Paralympic champion Marie-Amelie Le Fur broke her own world record in the women’s long jump T64 with a leap of 6.14m.

Morocco’s Hind Frioua stole the final day show setting a new world record with a throw of 20,45 m in women’s Club Throw F31 event. In addition several regional records, including seven Asian records, were broken during the four-day competition.

Among other 2019 world champions who continued their good run at the Dubai Club venue were India’s Sandeep Chaudhary, who clinched gold in the men’s javelin multi-class F38/42/44/63/64 in his last throw (61.22m), and Iran’s Hamed Amiri who won the men’s javelin F54 (30.96m, new Asian record).

“It’s a nice feeling to return to one of my favourite grounds. My body also felt good to compete after a long time. But I was hoping to get my personal best today. Nevertheless, to open the season with over 61m distance is not bad.

“In the coming months, it will be more about following the process and staying in shape before we start our final preparation for the Tokyo 2020,” said Chaudhary.

Complete results from Dubai 2021 can be found here.
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