Petrucio Ferreira dos Santos sent the Brazilian crowd wild at the Olympic Stadium by producing a late surge to win the men’s T47 100 metres Paralympic title in a world record time in Rio de Janeiro today.
The 19-year-old started slowly in the final, but was able to come charging through the field to ultimately snatch the victory from his rivals, crossing the line in a time of 10.57sec.
Poland’s Michael Derus and another home hope Yohansson Nascimento both finished in 10.79, but the former was awarded the silver medal after a photo finish.
While Ferreira dos Santos was able to claim gold at his first attempt, experienced Paralympic campaigners Marcel Hug of Switzerland and Australia’s Angela Ballard are still looking to secure an elusive first title.
Hug, who has won six world titles during his long career, was denied victory in the men’s T54 5,000m final by Prawat Wahoram, with the Thai wheelchair racer securing victory in a time of 11min 1.7sec.
After ending one second further back Hug was left with silver, while Australia’s Kurt Fearnley rounded off the medal positions by ending in 11:02.37.
Fearnley’s compatriot Ballard would also claim a bronze, with the reigning world champion finishing the women’s T53 400m final in a time of 55.28 to seal a sixth Paralympic medal.
The 34-year-old saw her world record of 54.69 eclipsed by China’s Zhou Hongzhuan, who triumphed in 54.43.
The United States’ Chelsea McClammer finished in 55.13 to win the silver medal.
Tatyana McFadden had headed into the Games with the aim of claiming seven gold medals in women’s T54 races, but saw her attempt ended when she was forced to settle for silver in the 100m.
She still remains on course to win six golds as the 27-year-old triumphed in the 400m in a time of 53.30.
McFadden’s fellow American Cheri Madsen claimed silver in 54.50, while China’s Zou Lihong clocked 54.70 to complete the podium places.
Further American success was achieved by David Brown, who added to his world and Pan American titles by winning the men’s T11 100m final in a time of 10.99 seconds.
Brazil’s Felipe Gomes produced a personal best 11.08 to win silver, while Namibia’s Ananias Shikongo ended 0.03 further back to win bronze.
Britain’s Richard Whitehead successfully defended his men’s T42 200m title, with the world champion finishing in a winning time of 23.39.
A strong performance saw South Africa’s Ntando Mahlangu claim the silver in 23.77, while Whitehead’s team-mate David Henson won bronze in a time of 24.74.
Lauritta Onye provided one of the highlights of the field events, as the Nigerian smashed her own world record to win the women’s F40 shot put competition.
Her previous mark stood at 7.72m, which proved enough to win the world title last year, but the 32-year-old bettered the effort by throwing 8.40m.
Tunisia’s Rima Abdelli threw over a metre less with her best distance of 7.37m, but celebrated claiming a silver medal.
The Netherlands’ Lara Baars took the bronze medal by throwing 7.12m.
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