16 July 2017
Para World Champs: Jimmy Turner breaks 200m world record
NSW athletes are off to a great start in the World Para-Athletics Championships, currently being held in London, site of the 2012 Paralympics. On days two and three, NSW athletes have won two medals and broken a world record. David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall report for Athletics NSW.
Rio Paralympic 800m champion, Jimmy Turner has continued his tremendous form on the world stage with a win in his T36 200m heat in a stunning world record time of 24.15, lowering the previous mark of 24.29 and his own national record of 24.58. He will start a hot favourite for the final, on Tuesday morning AEST.
In her first event at these world championships, Paralympic legend, Angie Ballard has won her 11th world championships medal and third consecutive in the T53 200m. She clocked 29.09, faster than her gold medal winning time in 2015, but was defeated by GBR’s Samantha Kinghorn who broke the world record.
“I was happy with what I put together but Sam was just a little bit faster on the day. I remember my first world champs gold, and it’s a really special moment and it was kind of cool to see it, even though I was second to it,” Ballard told Sascha Ryner from the Australian Paralympic Committee.
Guy Henly has won his third consecutive medal at the World Para-Athletics Championships. Following his bronze in 2013, then silver in 2015, he has again won silver on Sunday in London. Henly started looked to be struggling early. Going into the last round he had a best of 49.46m and was sitting in fifth place. But Henly rose to the occasion and nailed 53.59m, just 2cm below his Australian record to claimed the silver medal.
“I went into the circle for that last throw, thinking about nothing, just trying to blank everything out and just go out there throw the best throw I could,” Henly told Sascha Ryner from the Australian Paralympic Committee.
“When I saw that number come up, I was gobsmacked. It was one of those rare throws that seemed effortless and it just flew. It was exciting. I’ve managed to put it all together when I needed to, which is pure joy.”
Teenage T44 long jumper, Sarah Walsh, has come so close to her first podium finish at the World Championships. Walsh had a nervous start with two fouls, but a solid 4.67m in round three put her in third place. She extended this to 4.83m and 4.85m in the fourth and fifth rounds. As she was preparing to take her final jump, Japan’s Maya Nakanishi moved into the bronze medal position. Walsh had one chance to regain third place, but alas she fouled and had to settle for fourth.
“Distance-wise it wasn’t my best, but fourth is the best that I’ve placed on the world stage, and it was 1cm further than in Rio. It’s always great to have done one better than your last international competition,” Walsh told Sascha Ryner from the Australian Paralympic Committee.
“I fowled two big ones at the beginning, so I was pretty conservative on my third jump. I was able to give it a bit more of a go, but fourth is what I came away with and I’m pretty happy with that.”
After two years, Wagga teenager Carly Salmon was back on the world stage in the T35 200m at the World Championships. She placed sixth in 33.66, just missing her PB. Next up for her in the 100m.
Kurt Fearnley will race later today in the T54 1500m.
Competition continues in London for another week. NSW athletes in action are listed below.
TIMETABLE - NSW ATHLETES
Days are AEST
Erin Cleaver – T38 long jump final
Angie Ballard – T54 1500m final
Scott Reardon – T42 100m heat
Scott Reardon – T42 100m final
James Turner – T36 200m final
Angie Ballard – T53 400m heat
Carly Salomon – T35 100m final
Angie Ballard – T53 400m final
Rae Anderson – F38 discus final
Evan O’Hanlon – T38 100m heat & final
James Turner – T36 400m final
Kurt Fearnley – T54 5000m heat
James Turner – T36 800m heat
Erin Cleaver – T38 100m final
Angie Ballard – T53 100m heat & final
Angie Ballard – T53 800m final
James Turner – T36 800m final
Kurt Fearnley – T54 5000m final
The championships will be available for viewing on live stream. Read more details here:
NSW TEAM MEMBERS
The full list of selected NSW athletes are:
100m: Evan O’Hanlon (T38), Scott Reardon (T42)
200m: James Turner (T36, NSW)
400m: James Turner (T36, NSW)
800m: James Turner (T36, NSW)
1500m: Kurt Fearnley (T54, NSW)
5000m: Kurt Fearnley (T54, NSW)
Discus Throw: Guy Henly (F37, NSW)
100m: Angela Ballard (T53), Erin Cleaver (T38), Carly Salmon (T35)
200m: Angela Ballard (T53), Carly Salmon (T35)
400m: Angela Ballard (T53)
800m: Angela Ballard (T53)
1500m: Angela Ballard (T53)
Long Jump: Erin Cleaver (T38), Sarah Walsh (T44)
Discus Throw: Rae Anderson (F37)
Javelin: Rae Anderson (F37)
Sydney-based Western Australian:
800m: Madison de Rozario (T53)
1500m: Madison de Rozario (T53)
5000m: Madison de Rozario (T53)
LINKS AND MORE INFORMATION
Team announcement and interview with Carly Salmon and Angie Ballard here.
Athletics Australia preview here.
Australians at home can catch all the action via a live stream at www.paralympic.org.au/ParaSportLive
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: James Turner, Sarah Walsh and Angie Ballard (images courtesy of Getty)