Records tumble from pool to track as Tokyo Paralympics hits day six
Tokyo: China’s youngest Paralympian broke her own world record in the pool in Tokyo on Monday, a day after Norwegian former refugee Salum Ageze Kashafali ran the fastest Paralympic Games 100 metres in history. Dubbed the “Flying Fish”, 16-year-old Jiang Yuyan set an S6 50m butterfly world record of 34.56sec in Monday morning’s heats, knocking 0.30sec off the mark she set in winning the 2019 World Championships in London as a 14-year-old. Jiang, who lost her right arm and right leg after being hit by a truck when she was three, only took up swimming aged eight and will compete for her maiden Paralympics gold in the final later on Monday. Elsewhere on day six of competition, British sprint star Jonnie Peacock will go for a third consecutive Paralympic 100m T64 gold, though he will have his work cut out to beat Germany’s Felix Streng, who looked in ominous form in qualifying fastest from Sunday’s heats. Records have been falling on a daily basis at the Tokyo Games, and Norway’s Kashafali on Sunday became the fastest 100m runner in Paralympic history when he crossed the line in 10.46sec in the T12 final. “I don’t know what to say,” the 27-year-old said after the race, dissolving into tears. “I came from nothing. I came from begging on the streets.” The Norwegian fled the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with his family as a child and took up athletics as a teenager in his new home. He has vision impairment as the result of a congenital condition and has also competed with non-disabled runners. – AFP