Davies claims fifth world shot put crown

Davies claims fifth world shot put crown

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Shot putter Aled Sion Davies at the Tokyo Paralympics
Davies has competed at three Paralympic Games in his career
Venue: Charlety Stadium, Paris Dates: 8-17 July
Coverage: Daily reports across BBC Sport

Britain’s Aled Sion Davies claimed his fifth consecutive shot put title on the final night of the Para Athletics World Championship in Paris.

The 32-year-old Welshman led the F63 event from start to finish with his best throw of 16.16m coming in the penultimate round.

“As soon as I threw over 16m, I knew it would take something special to beat that,” he told BBC Sport.

It was Great Britain’s 10th gold of the competition.

There were also bronzes in the final session for wheelchair racer Danny Sidbury (T54 800m) and sprinters Kevin Santos (T47 100m) and Maria Lyle (T35 100m) as GB finished in fourth place in the medal table behind China, Brazil and the United States with 29 medals – 10 gold, eight silvers and 11 bronzes.

Davies, whose first world title came in Lyon in 2013, had come into the competition on the back of an injury-hit winter as he dealt with painful inflammation in the joint in his pubic bones (osteitis pubis).

Before the event he said that it was only in the last month that he was pain-free, but he was still the class act in the field with silver going to Iran’s Sajad Mohammadian (14.38) and Brazil’s Edenilson Roberto third (14.06).

“I’ve had such a disrupted winter with injuries that it was always going to be hit or miss and I am just happy to be there or thereabouts,” he added.

“But what motivates me is that I know there is so much more in the tank and next year fully fit and with an uninterrupted winter I will be back to break my world record (17.52).

“It has been a long few weeks so I am just glad I could step up and do my job when it mattered.

“I never thought when I won double gold and set two world records in Lyon that it would be the start of a decade of dominance.

“I think all of the five titles have been special in their own way – 2017 back home in London was special because it is hard coming away to someone else’s backyard and playing there.

“But I am still here and still dominating.”

Sidbury earned his second bronze of the championships after the same result in the 5,000m last Monday.

The 29-year-old from London clocked the same time (one minute 29.72 seconds) as China’s Hu Yang but got the nod.

“The 800m is my least favourite event so I am delighted to pull it out of the bag,” he said. “It doesn’t get closer than that but that is how it goes sometimes.

“This feels like redemption after the 1500m, which is my best distance but I only finished sixth.

“I had an ambition to come here and maybe win one medal, if we were lucky, so to win two means a lot to me and my coach.”

Lyle added 100m bronze to her 200m third while Santos, who previously practised jiu-jitsu, earned his first global medal with a battling run behind Brazilian pair Petrucio Ferreira and Jose Martins.

“I knew I had the potential to medal – I just had to execute,” said Santos, 21.

“Although I didn’t execute the race I wanted to, I know I have got things to work on for the future. My body just gave out at 70m and I didn’t think I was going to medal.

“I just kept the pace going and trusted myself that I could win a dip if it came to that. I knew it was close between me and fourth, because I didn’t think I even made it.”

Scotland’s Lyle, 23, had to rely on all of her experience after a foot operation last year.

“I wasn’t feeling my best,” she said. “So it was about having to believe in myself and what I have done in the past.

“I have really pushed for that bronze and I am very thankful to the team that got me around here.”

In the morning session, Scottish teenager Ben Sandilands produced a devastating late burst to claim victory in the T20 1500m for his first global medal.

The 19-year-old Fife AC athlete moved up from fifth over the final 250m to overtake Mikey Brannigan of the United States at the bend and accelerated away for victory.

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