Brazil’s Petrúcio Ferreira moved even closer to becoming the fastest Paralympian ever as he smashed his own world record in the men’s 100 metres T47 event at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Paris.
Quickly out of the blocks, Ferreira made winning look easy and crossed the line in 10.50sec on the second and final day of competition.
The result means he is now just 0.04 seconds shy of Jason Smyth’s time set at the 2012 Paralympic Games i nLondon, a mark which earned the Irishman the accolade of "fastest Paralympian on the planet".
"I want to do 10.46 or under - maybe at the World Championships next year, it is a great event," Ferreira, who set the previous 100m T47 world record of 10.53 at the London 2017 World Championships, said.
"My target is to always improve, and this time proves that.
"I’m very proud to represent Brazil in each competition."
In a day dominated by 100m races at the French capital's Stade Sébastien Charléty, Ferreira was not the only Brazilian in terrific form.
Team-mate Vinicius Rodrigues Goncalves took the win in the 100m T42/63 in 12.15, underlining why he is fast becoming the man to beat in the T63 class for single above-knee amputees.
Felipe Gomes got the better of fellow Brazilian Lucas Prado in the T11 event, while Silvania Costa de Oliveira added to her long jump win on day one with victory in the women’s 100m T11/12 in 12.85.
Mateus Evangelista Cardoso finished well clear of the field in the men’s T37 in 11.56 and Fabio Bordignon held off a strong field in the men’s T35 event in 12.71.
Ukraine’s triple world champion Leilia Adzhametova notched up her second win of the meeting with a convincing victory in the women’s T13 event in 12.01.
Hungary’s Luca Ekler also impressed one day after winning the long jump as she crossed the line first in the T37/38 race in 13.14, putting her second in the T38 world rankings.
Poland’s Alicja Fiodorow completed her sprint double in 12.65 and there was joy for Argentina’s Yanina Martinez, who raced in to the world number one spot in the T36 class in 14.38.
Germany’s Irmgard Bensusan set a personal best of 13.01 in the T44 class and Paralympic and world champion Martina Caironi of Italy was the winner in the T63 event in 14.91.
In the day’s 1500m races, there were wins and world leads for Frenchman Redouane Hennouni in the men’s T38 and Brazil's Julio Agripino dos Santos in the men’s T11/13, clocking times of 4min 11.22sec and 4:06.51 respectively.
Germany’s triple world champion Johannes Floors looked strong as he quickly took control of the men’s 400m T47/62 and went onto win in a world lead time of 46.78.
Out in the field, Ireland’s world and Paralympic discus silver medallist Niamh McCarthy continued her impressive run of form, extending the European F41 record she set in Italian city Rieti last month with her sixth and final effort of 32.67m.
Action also begun today at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Arizona with the United States' Daniel Romanchuk breaking the world record in the men’s 800m T54.
The 19-year-old clocked a time of 1:29.66 in heats to become the first athlete in his class to dip below the 1:30 mark, breaking the previous record set by Great Britain’s Richard Chiassaro just two weeks ago.
"It was quite warm in the morning but I really had no other plan than to go out fast and see where that went, see what the track was like," said Romanchuk, who went on to win the final in 1:30.39.
The American, whose best finish at last year’s World Championships in London was seventh in the 800m T54, has made terrific progress this season.
Third-place finishes at both the Boston and London Marathons provided the first indication of his true potential, but he also showed he has got what it takes on the track when he smashed the 5,000m T54 world record in Nottwil in Switzerland earlier this month.
"This was very different conditions - it was a little windy out and very hot, but absolutely just as satisfying," added Romanchuk, who also won the 5,000m T54 in 10:46.83.
The meeting, which this year doubles as the US National Championships, is taking place on Arizona State University’s Joe Selleh Track.
Competition is due to conclude tomorrow.