A superb 15 medals were won on the penultimate day of the IPC Athletics European Championships with seven British athletes winning European titles. This exceeded the record number of gold medals won by the British team in Swansea 2014, taking the gold medal tally up to 20 and the overall number of medals to 49.
Paralympic T44 100m champion Jonnie Peacock retained his European title in style after a very close battle with Germany’s Felix Streng. He just edged it in the final 10m with a time of 11.18 (-1.2). After running 10.88 in the heats this morning, it was an encouraging return to international competition for Peacock.
Sophie Hahn ran a superb race to win the T38 100m as the wind settled ahead of the contest. After picking up silver in the 200m earlier this week, the world champion put down a fine marker to her rivals, winning in 12.87 (-1.4).
Georgie Hermitage claimed her hat trick of gold medals at the championships with a 13.85 (-4.1) clocking in very windy conditions in the T37 100m. After collecting silverware and world records in the 400m and 200m, the world 400m champion was in good spirits after her hard fought win.
It was a second European title of the week for 16 year-old Maria Lyle and her fourth in her career. The talented Scottish athlete set a championship record of 29.91 (-2.2) in tricky conditions in Grosseto. After a strong bend, Lyle showed her strength in the home straight to win by a convincing margin.
There was double medal joy in the T42 200m final as Richard Whitehead took gold ahead of David Henson who earned his first international medal. The wind did affect the times for the two Britons who recorded 25.09 (-2.6) and 25.89.
After winning Paralympic gold in the T53 100m at London 2012, Mickey Bushell has faced injuries and illness, particularly in the last couple of years. However, he showed he is returning to top form as he won the European title in Italy with a championship record of 15.53 (-2.0) with training partner Mo Jomni settling for bronze in 16.20.
There was further silver success for Richard Chiassaro in the T54 100m adding to his collection for the week. The Finnish athlete LeoPekka Tahti blew away the field but the 34 year-old was happy to take another medal crossing the line in 14.82 (-1.6).
Team captain Holly Neill led by example to take the bronze medal in the F40/41 discus throw. With a mark of 22.24m, she catapulted herself into contention for a spot on the podium and confirmed her place on British Athletics’ ever growing list of medallists. Additionally, Mo Jomni later returned to the track in the T53 800m, and was tactically sound to claim silver in 1:43.36, his fourth medal of the championships.
In the morning session, Jo Butterfield threw an outstanding world record of 22.75m, adding 85cm to the previous official mark to take the gold medal and lead a British 1-2-3-4 in the F31/32/51 club throw. Her first four throws all exceeded the previous world record mark with bests of 22.18m, 22.39m, 22.25m and 22.75m. There was further medal joy for Great Britain in the event with Gemma Prescott (F32) setting a championship record for silver with 21.08m, and world bronze medallist Abbie Hunnisett (F32) securing the bronze with a first round best of 20.32m.
Jordan Howe collected his second bronze medal of the week, this time in the T35 100m. Despite a slip out of the blocks, the Welshman retained his bronze medal from Swansea in a close final, clocking 13.13 (-2.1).