17th Jul 2017

Davies wins Gold

Aled Sion Davies won Great Britain's seventh and Wales second Gold of the World Para Athletics Championships  on its third day with victory in the F42 discus.

 The 26-year-old Welshman is now a five-time world champion, having won shot and discus events at the last two World Championships.

Davies won a third straight discus world title with a best throw of 51.54 metres which was a Championship reord.

Tom Habscheid of Luxembourg was second with 46.83m and Dechko Ovcharov of Bulgaria took bronze with 39.22.

Davies has been concentrating on shot put since the change to the Paralympic programme where his discus event was removed

"September 2, 10 o'clock in the morning on a Sunday five years ago my life changed, throwing a plate in a field further than anybody else," he said.

"And today it was nice to be out there. At the end when I went over (to the crowd) there were people saying they saw me that Sunday.

"I was like 'oh wow, they've been following me all the way through'. If I could I'd stay out there and thank everyone. That was really special.

"It's quite emotional, but I'm trying to keep it together. I'm looking to do something really special in the shot next Saturday night.

"That's the one for me. That's the one we've been building towards all year."

Aled will be competing on the 22nd July at 20.35.

Looking ahead to today’s action, Olivia Breen will be kicking off her championships in the T38 Long Jump at 10.03 and Laura Sugar will run at 12.52 in the T44 100m hoping to get to the final tonight. Stephen Morris will also be running in the 1500m at 21.05! Good Luck! 

 

All the action is live on Channel 4 here: http://paralympics.channel4.com/watch-live/

 

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