Yayesh Gate Tesfaw smashed the women’s 1500m T11 world record on Day 2 at the Kobe 2024 Para Athletics Worlds. GETTY IMAGES

Yayesh Gate Tesfaw smashed the women’s 1500m T11 world record, with fellow Ethiopian Tigist Gezahagn Menigstu taking the T13 title on day two of the Kobe 2024 Para Athletics World Championships.

Tesfaw staked her claim for gold at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games with a stunning victory, clocking 4:31.77 to break the previous world record by almost six seconds. China's He Shanshan took silver in a new Asian record.

"I'm extremely happy with this gold and the world record. I'm going for more in Paris," stated Tesfaw afterwards.

Her team-mate Menigstu, who won Ethiopia's first Paralympic gold at Tokyo 2020, maintained her dominance of the T13 1500m. The 24-year-old ran a new championship record of 4:18.90, five seconds clear of Morocco's Ezzahra El Idrissi.

Wen Xiaoyan was another Paralympic champion from Tokyo to taste success again in Japan. The Chinese was the only woman to exceed five metres in the women’s long jump T37, setting a new championship record of 5.42m which was just three centimetres shy of her world record from last year.

Spain’s Paralympic champion Yassine Ouhdadi El Ataby retained his world title in the men’s T12 5000m, kicking clear on the final lap to finish more than four seconds ahead of his rivals.

“Three years ago, we were here for the Games in Tokyo and I won the 5000m, so it brought me some good memories," said Ouhdadi. "To have so many people here cheering for us makes me proud."

Kim Lopez Gonzalez was another Spanish Paralympic champion to take gold in the men’s F12 shot put. His second attempt of 15.22m was enough for victory with Latvia's silver medallist Emils Dzilna the only other man to go beyond 15 metres.

Reigning Paralympic champion Jonathan Broom-Edwards edged out Derek Loccident of the United States in the men’s T64 high jump. Both men cleared 2.04m, a new championship record by a massive 12 centimetres, but the British athlete regained the title he won previously in 2019 thanks to a first-time success.

“We set out a plan and we put it into motion, and we ticked all the boxes. There is still a lot to work on with the performance even though it is early in the season,” Broom-Edwards admitted. “I am so happy with how the competition went. My body is battered now, I think I celebrated a bit too hard on the 2.04m clearance."

Britain's Jonathan Broom-Edwards took a narrow victory in the men's T64 high jump. GETTY IMAGES
Britain's Jonathan Broom-Edwards took a narrow victory in the men's T64 high jump. GETTY IMAGES

Cuba’s T47 long jump world record holder Robiel Yankiel Sol Cervantes prevailed once again in Kobe. The defending Paralympic and world champion won with 7.60m, more than a quarter of a metre clear of neutral athlete Nikita Kotukov.

Chinese women enjoyed themselves on day two in Kobe with Zhao Yuping throwing 44.86m on her first attempt to win the women’s F13 javelin. Team-mate Tian Yajuan ran a championship record to take gold in the T54 5000m final. Li Yingli was also victorious in the F37 shot put thanks to her second-round effort of 13.52m.

There were four 100m events on Saturday with all four seeing new championship records. Brazil's Ricardo Gomes de Mendonca ran 11.30 to take the men's T37 title and dedicated his victory to everyone fighting cancer, including his cousin, as well as the Brazilian voice actor for Kid Goku from the popular Dragonball manga and anime series who is fighting a tumour. Mendonca said he was a big anime fan and showed off his Kid Goku tattoo following the race.

“It means a lot to me to win the world title in Japan," said Gomes. "I am a big fan of anime and manga, and it was also here, in Tokyo, that I competed in my first Paralympic Games. My first world title in Paris last year was of course one unforgettable, but this is really special."

Türkiye's Serkan Yildirim edged out USA's reigning champion Noah Malone by just two-hundredths of a second in the T12 100m, taking gold in 10.53.

Malone's team-mate Jaydin Blackwell went one better as he ran 10.86 to break the decade-old T38 100m championship record and retain his world crown.

A delighted Blackwell said, "I love standing on that podium. A lot of people don’t get that opportunity, so to do it twice, it gives me determination and makes me want to do it again in future years." The 20-year-old is on course to repeat his 100m-400m double from Paris last year.

Azerbaijan's Lamiya Valiyeva won the women's T13 100m in 11.94, the first sub-12 second run in World Championship history. Brazi's Rayane Soares da Silva of Brazil took silver in 12.41.

Algeria had a one-two in the men’s F32 club throw. Ahmed Mehideb's second-round throw would have been enough for gold but he bettered it three times with a best of 37.61m in the final round. Team-mate Walid Ferhah was second with 36.30m.

Brazil collected the last gold of the evening session with Cicero Nobre setting a championship record of 50.18m in the men's F57 javelin, just beating Türkiye's Paris 2023 champion Muhammet Khalvandi (49.80m) into second place. That saw the South American nation draw level with China on six golds, although the Chinese lead with 16 total medals to Brazil's 11.