What’s to remember of these sixth IPC World Championships
There were so many numbers and emotions that it would be nearly impossible putting it in writing.
For sure, the heat during the entire duration of the competition in the venue of the Stade du Rhone did not prevent the athletes from breaking records, 52 of them were broken indeed in addition to an incredible number of championships records. The volunteers did an exemplary work regardless of the duties they were assigned to and most particularly in the entertainment village under the blazing sun.
Among all performances, one may recall Brazil’s Alan Oliveira (T43) running the 200m in 20sec66 and Germany’s Markus Rehm (T44) in long jump with a leap of 7.95m. Not to mention American Tatyana McFadden’s 6 titles (T54), the 5 titles of Swiss Marcel Hug (T54) and of American Raymond Martin (T52). Finally, Maciej Lepiato (POL, T44) impressed with a 2 .13m leap in high jump.
Emphasis was shortly put on these records according to personal choices. But all show the level of the competition. All of the athletes gave their best and showed a lot of sportsmanship whether they won medals or not.
Regarding France, they France took 14 medals 3 of which are gold. It is said that 40,000 people came to watch the championships and support and cheer on the national team. French showed great talent. All they have to do now is to keep on focusing on Rio 2016.
The organization had to cope with the heat as well as minor unforeseen problems. At least they were hardly noticeable for an outsider. Mission accomplished!
When leaving Lyon, everyone will surely remember exceptional moments. Sleep may overtake you quickly too!
Sport and sharing were the watchwords over the past 10 intense days, which took 2 years to spawn to live.