Fortune’s focus secures dramatic maiden World title

2019 World Champion, Sabrina Fortune (centre)

A dramatic golden victory in the F20 shot putt saw Sabrina Fortune become the fifth British woman to be crowned world champion at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai – following the lead of Lyle, Hahn, Cockroft and Hollie Arnold (David Turner; Blackheath & Bromley)

Fortune claimed the title in style with a last effort Championship record and huge personal best of 13.91m in a back and forth battle with Ukraine’s Anastasiia Mysnyk in the women’s shot put F20 final.

European champion Fortune has enjoyed a fine season, matching her 13.70m personal best, and after opening with efforts of 12.32m and 12.79m, she found her stride and threw a Championship record of 13.26m to take the lead in round three.

Mysnyk then threatened to upset Fortune’s charge with a 13.31m in round five and then a 13.48m in round six but the Brit showed immense composure to throw out to a huge personal best and final Championship record of 13.91m for gold.

Sabrina Fortune in action

Having finished sixth and fourth on her last two World Championship appearances with Paralympic bronze at Rio 2016 in between, Fortune said: “I’m over the moon. There are no words to describe how amazing that moment was. I burst into tears straight after that final throw. And because I was last, it meant nobody could take it [the gold] off me.

“After two long long weeks of being here, I wanted to throw long. This is the best outcome I could ask for. This is one of the days I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I’ll probably end up crying again when I go onto the podium. It’s a moment which will last forever.”

Three other British competitors competed in Dubai in the T/F20 (intellectual impairment class).  Hannah Taunton, achieved 5th place in the 1500m (4:45.01).  Martina Barber took 8th place in the long jump (5.20) and Owen Miller, secured 6th place in the 1500m (3:59.87).

The 2019 World Para Athletics Championships is organised by the World Para Athletics subcommittee of the International Paralympic Committee, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 7–15 November, 2019.  The Championships which is due to come to a close tomorrow after nine days of competition at the Dubai Club for People of Determination, hosted more than 1,500 athletes from 122 countries.

The Championships is part of the qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.  In Tokyo, there will be four events for athletes with intellectual impairment (class T/F20), long jump, shot, 1500m and 400m.

The British entry to the World Para Athletics Championships is managed by British Athletics.  Eligibility and classification is managed by the UK Sports Association, the official member of Virtus (formerly Inas), a member of the IPC.

Full results and schedule

British Athletics Medal Tally (25):

Gold:

Hollie Arnold – F46 Javelin

Paul Blake – T36 800m

Jonathan Broom-Edwards – T64 High Jump

Hannah Cockroft – T34 100m & 800m

Aled Davies – F63 Shot Put

Sabrina Fortune – F20 Shot Put

Sophie Hahn – T38 100m & 200m

Maria Lyle – T35 100m & 200m

Silver:

Kare Adenegan – T34 100m & 800m

Jo Butterfield – F51 Club Throw

Kadeena Cox – T38 400m

Derek Rae – T46 Marathon*

Andrew Small – T33 100m

Richard Whiteheaad – T61 200m

Thomas Young – T38 100m

Bronze:

Olivia Breen – T38 Long Jump

Richard Chiassaro – T54 400m

Kyron Duke – F41 Shot Put

Harri Jenkins – T33 100m

Sammi Kinghorn – T53 100m

Vanessa Wallace – F34 Shot Put