Jones overcomes early nerves to land shot put gold for Britain

Teenager Scott Jones set a new world record in the men’s shot put to earn Britain’s 11th gold medal at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon.

The Cheltenham 15-year-old’s throw of 13.38m on his fifth attempt in the F34 category earned him gold and beat Moroccan Azeddine Nouiri’s world record mark of 13.10m to leave Russia and Iran with silver and bronze.

Jones said: “First few throws I was a bit nervous, then after a few I thought, ‘I could win this’. “I didn’t know what to do. I’ve never won in a big competition before.”

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Derry’s Jason Smyth had earlier won the men’s 100m final T13 from South Africa’s Jonathan Ntutu with a new championship record time of 10.61secs, beating the benchmark he set in Assen in 2006, and Georgina Oliver took bronze in the women’s 100m T54 final with a time of 17.93s after China’s Wenjun Liu was disqualified.

British sprinters Sophie Kamlish and Laura Sugar were thwarted in the last event of the night as Marlou van Rhijn of Holland took gold in the women’s 100m T44 final with a time of 13.02s.

Marie-Amelie Le Fur and April Holmes ensured France and the United States took medals ahead of Kamlish and Sugar, with the latter just 24 milliseconds off the bronze-winning time in fifth place.

American Tatyana McFadden claimed gold in that race and also impressed on her way to winning the women’s 1500m T54 final with a time of 3:34.06s.

Britain’s Holly Neill won bronze in the women’s discus F41.

Neill, 24, threw 21.54m to book third place but Tunisia’s Raoua Tlili had already made her mark with a throw of 27.84m on her first attempt. Her fellow Tunisian, Fathia Amaimia, was over six metres behind in the silver medal position.

Valerie Adams, the London 2012 shot put champion, will “never forgive” the drug cheat who denied her the chance to stand atop the podium at the Olympic Stadium.

The New Zealander will return to the east London venue tomorrow for the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games and the event is likely to bring back some painful memories.

She initially finished second to Nadzeya Ostapchuk only to be upgraded to gold when the Belarus athlete was disqualified for doping. Adams pulled no punches when asked of her opinion of Ostapchuk.

“I will never forgive her,” she said. “She’s tainted the sport, tainted the event. At the time I was crying tears of disappointment for my country, for myself, for my coach. (Ostapchuk) was crying crocodile tears (of joy), embracing a moment that should not have been hers.”