Gold for GB at IPC Open European Athletics Champs

25 August 2005
by Martin McElhatton
The listing was posted by WheelPower - British Wheelchair Sport - News

Great Britain's athletes made a great start to the IPC Open European Championships in Espoo, Finland, winning two gold medals and one bronze. Tanni Grey Thompson defended her T53 100m title in 18.27 seconds while Stephen Miller held on to his F32 Club crown and Richard Schabel came third. Wheelchair racer Shelly Woods came fourth in the T54 5,000m.

David Weir and Michael Churm increased Great Britain's gold medal haul on Tuesday when they both won their finals. Weir continued his rich vein of form defeating Dutch rival Kenny van Weeghel to take the T54 400m in 49.35 seconds, while Churm triumphed in the T37 200m in 25.50. Weir later added bronze behind Leo-Pekka Tahti in the T54 100m.

Noel Thatcher took T12 10,000m bronze and Sophie Hancock and Kim Minett won shot silver and bronze respectively. Briton's Paul Pearce finished fifth in the T12 10,000m, while Graeme Ballard and Ben Rushgrove came fifth and seventh respectively in the T36 100m.

Hazel Robson won the T36 100m on Wednesday in a time of 15.58 seconds, pipping China's Ping Liu in a photo finish. In the 200m T53, Tanni Grey Thompson beat close rival Francesca Porcellato to win her second gold of the week. Shelley Woods finished ninth in the T54 1500m, while John McFall came fourth in the T42 100m.

In the field events, Kenny Churchill won silver in the F37 javelin and Dan West claimed bronze in the F34 discus. Seventeen-year-old Welshman Nathan Stephens recorded a personal best of 11.62m in the F56 shot.