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UK Athletics

Disability athletes excel down under

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Stephen Miller
Stephen Miller

Great Britain’s top paralympic athletes have ended their warm weather training in Sydney this weekend with some excellent performances logged down under.

Currently heading home via Macau on a whistle stop tour of the expected holding camp for the Beijing Paralympics, highlights of this last weekend include strong wheelchair race performances by Dave Weir and Shelly Woods, but most significantly a new world record in the Club throw by Stephen Miller.

Miller, who competed in a throws event in Canberra on Saturday, smashed his own record by 1.40m with 34.93m in the F32 category.

It was an excellent weekend for Miller and fellow throws talent Danny West who is also coached by Ray Knight.

West succeeded in breaking his F34 British record in the shot put, with a distance of 10.85m in a competition incorporated into the Telstra A series grand prix. In winning, West defeated several of his future Beijing opponents from Australia, as in Beijing the event is set to combine the classes 33, 34 and 52.

In the Australia day 10km races, David Weir was narrowly beaten by Australian Kurt Fearnley in the Open Men's race yet both clocked the same time of 20.32 and both went inside the previous course record. Shelly Woods finished 3rd in a close Open Women's race behind Canadians Chantal Peticlerc and Diane Roy, Woods’ 25.06 only slightly behind Petitclerc’s winning 25.03.


For further results from the last few weeks in Australia visit the
Wheelchair sports website and the Athletics Australia website.