Published: 17:03, May 18, 2024
China's Zhao, Wen clinch gold medals at Kobe Para Athletics Championships
By Xinhua
Zhao Yuping of China competes during the Women's Javelin Throw F13 Final at the Para Athletics World Championships held in Kobe, Japan, on May 18, 2024. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

KOBE, Japan - China's para athletes Zhao Yuping and Wen Xiaoyan took the gold medals in the final of the women's javelin throw F13 and long jump F13 respectively at the Para Athletics World Championships on Saturday.

Zhao recorded a throw of 44.86 meters at the Universiade Memorial Stadium in the central Japanese port city of Kobe.

The 30-year-old Zhao, the current world record holder, led the game with each of her throws.

Zhao Yuping of China competes during the Women's Javelin Throw F13 Final at the Para Athletics World Championships held in Kobe, Japan, on May 18, 2024. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

Austria's Natalija Eder finished second with her seasonal best of 38.52m.

After the final, Zhao told Xinhua that today's performance was within her expectations and that she will make full preparation for the upcoming Paris 2024.

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Wen, 27, retained her title with a leap of 5.42 meters in her fourth attempt at the stadium, refreshing the championship record of 5.22m and nearing the world record of 5.45m, both set by herself previously.

Satisfied with her performance, the Tokyo Paralympic champion told Xinhua that she kept adjusting herself during Saturday's game due to the tailwind. "I hope that I can break the world record at the upcoming Paris 2024," said Wen.

Wen Xiaoyan of China competes during the Women's Long Jump T37 Final at the Para Athletics World Championships held in Kobe, Japan, on May 18, 2024. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

Anais Angeline of Mauritius finished second at 4.50m.

Held in East Asia for the first time and a crucial qualifier for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, the Kobe 2024 Para Athletics World Championships attracted over 1,000 athletes from 100 countries and regions to compete in 168 events.

A total of 73 Chinese para-athletes are competing in the championships.

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The championships, the 11th edition of its kind, will run until May 25. It was originally scheduled for 2021 but was postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.