World’s best set to line up at L’Hospitalet meeting25.05.2019
Paralympic champions among stars heading to Spain
Around 250 athletes from up to 12 countries are confirmed for the World Para Athletics ratified event, which takes place at the Athletic Track of ISS L´Hospitalet del Llobregat near Barcelona.
German long jumper Rehm, the world, Paralympic and European champion, makes a welcome return to the annual competition, having broken his own world record there in 2015 with a leap of 8.29m.
“It’s a great place to compete and it means a lot to me as it was there I broke the world record with 8.29m” Rehm said.
“People will see great athletes, amazing performances and, if we are lucky, also some world records. I am still chasing mine [new world record],” added the German athlete.
The 30-year-old’s personal best now stands at 8.48m, a mark he achieved at the 2018 European Championships.
Italy’s golden girl Caironi also has great history at the L’Hospitalet meeting – in 2015 she equalled what was then Vanessa Low’s women’s long jump T42 world record, leaping 4.60m.
“It is going to be my first outdoor competition this season, I’m really looking forward to it,” Caironi said.
Great Britain’s Paralympic, world and European champion Aled Davies (F42) takes on the shot put, while Paralympic champion and fellow Briton Paul Blake (T36), back on track after time out from competition last year, races in the 400m.
French vision impaired sprinter Timothée Adolphe (T11) also goes over one lap, as does South African T12 Para athlete Hilton Langenhoven. The 35-year-old, who won Paralympic long jump T12 gold at Rio 2016, jumps on Sunday too.
Spain’s national team - including Paralympic champions Kim Lopez (shot put F12), Gerard Descarrega (400m T11) and world bronze medallist Sara Andres - will be out in force, with several key athletes looking to secure their place in the Spanish team ahead of the World Para Athletics World Championships in Dubai in November.