24 February 2019
Six GB medals at World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai
Paralympic sprinter Maria Lyle led the way for the GB team at the first World Para Athletics Grand Prix of the season with a gold medal in Dubai.
Racing on day one at the venue which will host the World Championships this November, reigning European champion Lyle raced to victory in the women’s T35/36 200m final in a time of 30.18s, ahead of Germany’s Nicole Nicoleitzik and Thailand’s Suphatsara Luyue.
Lyle, who won three medals at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, recorded a 60m personal best last weekend in Glasgow and looks to be in superb form at the start of the season.
The GB team took six medals on day one in Dubai, with Vanessa Wallace also claiming a gold in the women’s wheelchair shot put F34 final.
London-born Wallace, who placed fifth in the F34 shot put in Rio, topped the podium with a throw of 7.49m on her third effort, beating Germany’s Frances Hermann into second.
In the men’s T33 wheelchair 100m, there were two medals for ParalympicsGB stars as Andrew Small took silver and Dan Bramall bronze.
Small, who took bronze in that event at Rio 2016, finished with a time of 17.23s, behind Kuwait’s Ahmad Almutairi, while Bramall recorded 18.48.
Eve Walsh-Dann also claimed a bronze in the T37/38 200m women’s final, while in the field Taz Nicholls threw 29.51m to claim a silver in the men’s F42/44/63 javelin final.
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