Aussie smashes 100m world record to seal Para sprint gold in style

Australian sprinter James Turner has won 100m gold in world record time at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai.

Along with Turner's gold on day four, Sarah Edmiston (discus) and wheelchair racer Rheed McCracken both took silver, lifting Australia to fourth on the medal tally with three gold and three silver in total.

Australian James Turner taking out gold in the men’s T36 100m race in Dubai.Credit:Getty

Turner, who qualified fourth fastest for the 100m (T36) final, scorched home in 11.72sec to smash the previous best time of 11.87 set by Mohamad Puzi.

China's Yang Yifei was second with Malaysian Puzi taking bronze.

Turner on the podium.Credit:Getty

"It feels amazing. It hasn't quite sunk in yet, as it was over so quickly," Turner said.

"I actually didn't know about the world record until the Canadians told me."

For Edmiston, there's a shaft of pain through her right knee every time she throws after she damaged nerves in her leg while waterskiing as a teenager.

But a silver medal in discus (T64) at her first world championships eased a lot of the discomfort.

Her throw of 36.42m on her first attempt put her on the second step of the podium, with China's Yao Juan taking gold.

"It's really good I did that as the competition went for so long, and we were delayed starting (by half an hour), so it was great to get a good throw out there first up," she said.

"The legs got a little bit tired there towards the end but I'm just so happy.

"It's been a really long two years of training."

McCracken added a third world championship silver medal (2013, 2017, 2019) to his two Paralympics silvers (2012, 2016).

"It's hard because I feel so happy to be on the podium, and I don't want to sound ungrateful, but I felt I was in really good form this year," he said.

Tunisian Walid Ktila, who pipped McCracken for gold two years ago in London, was again his nemesis.

Robyn Lambird was fifth in the women's 100m (T34) final in a time of 19.73s while Brianna Coop, in the women's 100m (T35) final, was also fifth.

Five days of competition remain.


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