China dominates men’s 400m T54 at Para Athletics World Championships in Kobe

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20th May 2024 – (Kobe) China clinched all three medals in the men’s 400m T54 final at the Para Athletics World Championships on Monday, solidifying their dominance in the sport. The event, held at the Universiade Memorial Stadium in Kobe, saw defending world champion Hu Yang lead the sweep with a stunning performance.

27-year-old Hu triumphed with a time of 44.98 seconds, not only securing the gold medal but also setting a new championship record for the T54 classification, known for its high-velocity wheelchair racing. The racers in this class can reach speeds exceeding 30 km/h, making it one of the most exhilarating events on the track.

Silver was claimed by Dai Yunqiang, who finished in 45.78 seconds, marking his season’s best performance. Zhang Ying completed the Chinese podium, achieving a personal best of 46.28 seconds to take bronze.

In an interview with Xinhua, Hu expressed his satisfaction with the team’s performance and his personal achievements. “We did great this time as we adjusted ourselves pretty well, and from now on we will spare no effort in preparation for Paris 2024,” Hu stated. He also shared his ambition to break further records at the upcoming Paralympic Games.