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Record-breaking duo boost Newham event

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 September 2015

Active Newham's Eugene Gilkes and Ian Gallagher, with Paralympian Richard Whitehead, Paula Dunn and Coral Nourrice at Terence McMillan Stadium (pic: Tim Edwards).

Active Newham's Eugene Gilkes and Ian Gallagher, with Paralympian Richard Whitehead, Paula Dunn and Coral Nourrice at Terence McMillan Stadium (pic: Tim Edwards).

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Paralympic athletes showed off their talent at the Terence McMilland Stadium recently

Wheelchair athletes compete at the Newham Parallel Success and Open event (pic: Tim Edwards)Wheelchair athletes compete at the Newham Parallel Success and Open event (pic: Tim Edwards)

Paralympians Richard Whitehead and Maria Lyle were in record-breaking form at the Newham Parallel Success and Open Day event at the Terence McMillan Stadium last weekend.

The duo head off to the IPC World Championships in Doha next month and warmed up by setting unofficial records at the Newham track.

Whitehead clocked 24.26secs in the T42 200m, taking a chunk off his previous best time of 24.38.

And Lyle, a double European gold medalist, set personal bests of 13.90 and 29.24 in the T35 100m and 200m.

Athletes compete in the Newham Parallel Success and Open event (pic: Tim Edwards)Athletes compete in the Newham Parallel Success and Open event (pic: Tim Edwards)

The record in the 100m category takes the 15-year-old talent to number one in the world too.

Another youngster, Kare Adenegan, underlined her ability at the event by winning the T34 400m in 62.68 and ending Hannah Cockroft’s unbeaten run in the senior ranks.

Cockroft, a London 2012 Paralympic gold medalist and world record holder, finished with a time of 63.22 behind 15-year-old Adenegan.

But she did bounce back to take victory in the 100m and 800m, beating Adenegan in both events.

A youngster competes in the long jump at the Newham Parallel Success and Open event (pic: Tim Edwards)A youngster competes in the long jump at the Newham Parallel Success and Open event (pic: Tim Edwards)

Sophie Kamlish continues to peak at just the right time, with the 19-year-old smashing her best and the British record in the T44 100m by clocking 13.44.

Kamlish heads to Doha ranked third in the world, while Laura Sugar was narrowly outside her personal best in the same event, as she clocked 13.59.

Sugar ran 28.45 in the 200m, again just missing out on a best. But Shaun Burrows did manage to record a personal best time in the T38 400m, running 54.43.

Organiser Coral Nourrice, a coach at Newham & Essex Beagles, was delighted with the event and said: “The event went really well and it was an excellent afternoon. We had a really good day and Richard broke a world record in the 200m, which was fantastic.

Athletes compete at the Newham Parallel Success and Open event (pic: Tim Edwards)Athletes compete at the Newham Parallel Success and Open event (pic: Tim Edwards)

“It was brilliant and 31 of the athletes here are competing at the World Championships next month, so it was great to have them all involved.”

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