World Para Athletics Championships Report - 22nd/July 2017

Lifetime Long Jump Best for Skinner at World Para Athletics

Zak Skinner put in another fantastic performance at the World Para Athletics Championships to come 4th in the long jump with a lifetime best performance. He returned to the big stage on Saturday, a week after running a personal best in the 100m, to take part in the T13 (visually impaired) long jump, his primary event.  

He rose to the occasion and jumped a lifetime best of 6.64m in the 2nd round of jumps. With this he was lying in the bronze medal position, which he maintained until the 6th and final round of the competition, when an American athlete jumped to 6.84m, moving Zak into 4th place. This was an outstanding debut performance at international level from Zak, who at 18 was the youngest in the field of 12 athletes.

After the competition on Radio 5 Live, Zak said, “It’s my first championships and to come 4th, I’m pretty happy with that, very happy with how it went.“

For Zak this was a new experience and he has embraced all aspects of preparing for and competing at the World Para Athletics Championships. The experience has inspired him to continue to train hard to achieve his long-term goal to compete at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.