The World Para Athletics Championships got underway this morning in Dubai.
Today’s video is the promo for the tournament and gives an indication of the size and scale of competition which will take place over the next ten days.
Places at Tokyo 2020 are at stake in Dubai as athletes that finish in the Top 4 will automatically qualify a slot for their nation at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Conor McIveen is the only Irish athlete in competition on Day 1 as he competes in the 400m T38 Heats and should he qualify he will return to action for the final tomorrow. Alex Lee will make Irish Para Sporting history on Day 2 when the Galway man will become Ireland’s first ever blade runner, his first event will be the T64 200m heats and he will be back in action on Sunday when he competes in the 100m heats.
Orla Barry will compete in the Discus on Saturday while her fellow discus throwers, Noelle Lenihan and Niamh McCarthy will compete on Tuesday. Jason Smyth will put his unbeaten record in major championships on the line when the Paralympic legend competes in the 100m on Wednesday which is the same day that European bronze medallist, Jordan Lee, will compete in the High Jump.
Thursday and Friday will both be busy days for Team Ireland as Michael McKillop makes his first appearance at a major championship since 2017 when he and David Leavy both compete in the 1500m T38 and Greta Streimikyte will also hope to repeat her European gold medal-winning performance in the women’s 1500m event on the same day.
Mary Fitzgerald has the longest wait of all Irish athletes as she competes on the final day of action in the Shot Put in what will be her first ever appearance in a major championship.
A Live stream of the event can be watched at https://www.paralympic.org/dubai-2019