Australia's Anderson rewrites own record
Eight new world records were set on the day
It was quite a windy day at the World Para Athletics Championships and it blew a number of world records into smithereens at the Dubai Club for People of Determination Stadium.
Saturday, the third day of the Championships, witnessed a flurry of new marks as previous ones fell like nine-pins.
Eight new world records were set on the day and leading the way was Corey Anderson, one of Australia's rising stars in para athletics, with the 19-year-old rewriting his own mark in the men's javelin throw F38 category.
The Queenslander, who trains at the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS), conjured a world record 56.28 metres on his very first attempt, to land the gold.
Anderson's previous record was 55.14 metres which he hurled at the Australian Para Athletics Championships in Sydney in April this year.
It was all the more remarkable as he had upstaged then world champion and Australian teammate Jayden Sawyer.
And Saturday's showing too was even more so since he had twisted his right ankle during the warm up.
"I didn't expect it tonight, it just came," a chuffed Anderson told the Khaleej Times.
"I was surprised. I didn't think I would get that. At the warm up, I had a bit of an injury, I rolled my ankle. And then I didn't think anything special was going to happen but this is what it has led to," he said about shattering his own record.
Dubai was also his first Worlds and Anderson, who has left hemiplegic cerebral palsy, said he was over the moon.
"It is pretty good. I feel so calm. When I banged that one out I said 'we got this in the bag.' I was pretty stoked," he said.
Anderson's rise could represent a change of guard for Australia but he said it was a healthy rivalry.
"Me and Jay (Jayden Sawyer) don't really talk that much. It is a bit of a rivalry but at the end of the day, we are still mates," said Anderson, who sports four tattoos, and has the word 'Whanau,' which means family, tattooed on his right wrist.
Looking ahead to Tokyo, which will also be his first Paralympics, Anderson said: "My plan is going back home to Queensland, going back to the QAS and talking to my coaches to see what we are going to do step by step to Tokyo."
Meanwhile, the UAE's Mohamed Al Hammadi won silver in the men's 400 metres T34 category with a time of 51.11 seconds. Tunisian Walid Ktila, who holds the world record, clinched the gold.
Al Hammadi said that the weather conditions hampered his bid. "There was too much wind today. I finished second today although I wanted to win the gold. I have the 100 metres tomorrow but it will be difficult," said Al Hammadi, who will be competing here in the 100m as well as 800 metres.
The Tokyo Paralympics will only feature the 100m and 800m and not the 400m.
Meanwhile, China's Yiting broke the world record in the women's 200m T36 round 1 heat with a time of 28.54 seconds and then followed that up by bettering that with a time of 28.21 seconds in the final.
Earlier, New Zealand's Lisa Adams set a new world record of 14.80 metres in the women's shot put F37 category, while Abdeslam Hili, Nassima Saifi and Ihor Tsvietov set the night alight with new world marks one after the other, in different categories.
Russia's Andrei Vdovin wrapped up the night with another new mark in the men's 400m T37 final.
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