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Jamaican Paralympian breaks Javelin world record

Published:Friday | July 26, 2013 | 3:38 PM

Melton Williams, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s Alphanso Cunningham has claimed a world record at the International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Lyons, France.

The 32-year-old Cunningham achieved the world record in the men’s F52-54 Javelin final with a throw of 24.30 metres on his way to win the gold medal.

Abdolreza Jokar of Iran took the silver medal with an effort of 21.28 metres, while the bronze medal went to Georgios Karaminas of Greece who had a season-best 15.54 metres.

The gold by Cunningham represents the second medal for Jamaica.

Fifty-year-old Sylvia Grant won a silver medal in the women’s F57-58 Javelin on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, David Bascoe just failed to improve the country’s medal tally.

Basco clocked a lifetime best 51.32 seconds for fourth place in the men’s T46 400 metres.

Gunther Matzinger of Austria clocked a season-best 49.45 seconds for the gold medal.


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