Nottwil 2017: Mahlangu breaks world record05.08.2017
South African teenager lowers Heinrich Popow’s world record in the 100m T42.
History was made on day two of the Nottwil 2017 World Para Athletics Junior Championships when South Africa's Ntando Mahlangu set a new world record in the men’s 100m T42 class on Friday (4 August) in Switzerland.
The 15-year-old broke a four-year-old record set by Germany´s two-time Paralympic champion Heinrich Popow on home soil in Leverkusen; Mahlangu shaved off .10 seconds with his time of 12.01 on Friday, marking his second gold at Nottwil 2017.
“I am very happy about the world record,” said Mahlangu. “I am here to do my best. I was not expecting a world record but definitely a fast time. I wanted to run below 12 seconds but I cannot complain; it is wonderful for me to achieve this at such a young age.”
The teenage sensation added onto the gold he won in the 200m on Thursday (3 August), because he scored 985 points; the Raza Point System is being used to decide the winners.
Germany´s Phil Grolla (820) finished second, and Italy´s London 2017 silver medallist Riccardo Bagaini (801) third.
USA´s Hanna Dederick (876 points) secured her second title in Nottwil, this time in the women´s 200m T51-54 Youth (U18). Like it happened in the 100m, Argentina´s Lucia Montenegro (792) and Dederick´s compatriot Elizabeth Floch (687) completed the podium.
Misu Honoka celebrated gold for Japan in the women´s 100m T42-47 Junior (U20) after scoring 762 points. Chile´s Amanda Cerna reached the podium again in Nottwil after claiming the title in the 200m, finishing second with 724 points. Norway´s Anna Dalhaug (533) ended third.
Japan saw further success in Yudai Suzuki, who won the men´s long jump F42-47 Junior (U20) with 848 points. Argentina´s Nicolas Piriz (579) came in second, while Brazil´s triple Youth Parapan American champion Lucas Sousa Pereira (491) collected bronze.
Full results can be found on Nottwil 2017´s website.