22nd March 2022


British record holder Daniel Sidbury (coach: Christine Parsloe, club: Sutton and District) and Nathan Maguire (Ste Hoskins, Kirkby AC) showed great form in the men’s T54 1500m at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai.

Sidbury positioned himself well to finish fourth in his race after a sprint to the line won by Marcel Hug (SUI) from Thai duo Prawat Wahoram and Putharet Khongrak.

Sidbury was fourth in a time of 2:55.70, while Nathan Maguire (Ste Hoskins, Kirkby AC) – in the same race – sealed a personal best of 2:57.09 which was a big improvement from his previous best of 2:59.03, for seventh position.

Earlier in the session, Emmanuel Oyinbo-Coker (Newham and Essex Beagles) got a great start out of the blocks, and he powered to the race victory in the men’s T47 100m. His time of 11.42 (-1.2) saw him finish ahead of a fast-finishing Ola Abidogun (Steve Thomas, Horwich) who was second in 11.55.

Hannah Cockroft (Jenni Banks, Leeds) returned to the track in the T34 100m after her race victory over the 800m on Monday, crossing the line in a time of 17.36 (-1.1) to pip Angela Ballard (AUS) who clocked 17.62.

Also in the wheelchair races, Andrew Small (Rick Hoskins, Stockport) posted a time of 17.80 (-0.5) for second in his men’s T33/34 100m race. The Paralympic champion was the second fastest T33 athlete overall behind Ahmad Almutairi (KUW) who won their race in 17.14.

Meanwhile, Welshman James Ledger (Matt Elias, DSW Para Academy) recorded a time of 12.06 (-0.6) which saw him finish sixth overall after all three races in the T11 100m.