30 Jan 2011

IPC Championships finishes with more records

5:30 pm on 30 January 2011

Spain's Alberto Suarez Laso has completed a memorable 10-day long event by setting a new world record in the men's T12 marathon on the final day of the IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch.

In total 57 world and 173 championship records were broken during the competition with the last day providing some of the most spectacular finishes.

In the men's T54 marathon the first seven were within two seconds of each other and in the women's T54 marathon all three medal-winners were credited with the same time.

China, who had the biggest team at the championships, also went home with the biggest medal tally, a healthy 58 medals made up of 21 gold, 22 silver and 15 bronze.

Russia almost matched China in the gold medal count, but not overall, with 18 gold, 11 silver and six bronze.