World Para-athletics: Britain’s Sammi wins gold

Sammi Kinghorn won gold on the final day of the World Para-athletics Championships as Britain finished with their best medals tally for 19 years.

T53 wheelchair racer Kinghorn completed a golden double with victory in the 100m, having already won the 200m.

There was also a trio of British silver medals for Polly Maton in the T47 long jump, Jordan Howe in the T35 100m and Mickey Bushell in the T53 100m.

GB have collected 39 medals, eight more than they did in Doha in 2015.

The tally, which includes 18 golds, is GB’s best since the Birmingham championships in 1998, where they collected 68 but at a time when there were many more events.

This is the sixth World Championships since the number of events was reduced, with Britain’s next-best medal haul the 38 they took in Christchurch in 2011.

They finished third in the medal table, one place higher than two years ago, mainly because Russia, who came second in 2015, are currently banned.

There will be one more World Championships in 2019 before attention turns to the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020, where the aim will be to improve on the 33 medals collected in athletics at Rio.

Britain’s 11-time Paralympic champion and BBC Radio 5 live summariser Baroness Grey-Thompson said: “Britain have done fantastically well. I don’t think there’s been too many surprises from the British team in terms of where medals have come from.


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