Van Rhijn and Davies smash world records in Dubai‏

Two new world records were set on day two of the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai, UAE, on Monday (23 February) as Great Britain's Aled Davies made it a phenomenal two world records in two days with a record breaking throw in the shot put, and the Netherlands' double world champion Marlou van Rhijn broke her own 100m T43 world record.

World and European champion Davies, who just 24 hours earlier had broken his own discus F42 world record at the Dubai Police Club venue, threw a massive 15.92m (1068 points) in his opening attempt at the shot put F42/44.

That throw was an incredible 1.21 metres improvement on his previous record set at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, in 2013.

Van Rhijn meanwhile rewrote the record books with a stunning 12.85 in the 100m T43/44, finishing ahead of her compatriot Marlene van Gansewinkel.

"I'm very happy to start the season with a world record. I always hoped to run fast but never thought I'd run this fast especially so early in the season. Hopefully it's a good sign of what is to come later in the season," said Van Rhijn who took 0.11 seconds off her previous best set in June 2013.

Another British athlete in winning form was Sophie Hahn who won the 100m T38/46 in 13.18.

Teenager Maria Lyle provided Britain with yet another winner as she triumphed in the 100m T35/36. The 15-year-old beat Germany's T36 world champion Claudia Nicoleitzik into second place, in a repeat of the finish to last year's race in Dubai.

There was another one-two finish for Tunisia's Paralympic and world champion Walid Ktila and home favourite Mohamed Hammadi of the UAE, this time in the 400m T34. Ktila clocked 55.08 over one lap to add to his 200m and 800m triumphs on the opening day of competition.

The women's 400m T34 also went to form with victory for Great Britain's Hannah Cockroft in 1.06.89.

Frenchman Pierre Fairbank also notched up his third win in Dubai, this time with a convincing victory in the 400m T53. The double European champion finished over two seconds clear of the field in 53.85.

Tunisia's Yassine Gharbi got the better of a stellar field in the men's 400m T54, clocking 48.67 to finish just ahead of five-time world champion Marcel Hug, with the Netherlands' Kenny van Weeghel - winner over 200m on day one - finishing third.

It was a fitting victory for Gharbi who finished second in this event in Dubai last year.

Germany's Markus Rehm followed up his victory in the long jump T35-38/42/44 yesterday with victory in the 100m T42-44. The 26-year-old clocked 11.52 to finish ahead of Jean-Baptiste Alaize of France, while Algeria's Sofiane Hamdi took the men's 100m T37.

South Africa's world long jump T12 champion Hilton Langenhoven also underlined his world class credentials with a convincing win in the long jump T11/12, soaring out to 6.66m (846 points) on his third attempt.

Langenhoven had secured the 100m T12 title in Dubai 24 hours previously.

Germany's European bronze medallist Daniel Scheil clinched victory in the men's shot put F33 with a best of 10.29m, whilst Algeria's Paralympic and world champion Kamel Kardjena had to settle for second place - the result was a repeat of last year's event in Dubai.

Lahouari Bahlaz of Algeria won the F31/32/51 club - the world champion also won in Dubai 12 months ago.

Hania Aidi of Tunisia underlined why she is the world javelin F54/55/56 champion with a comfortable victory in the javelin F53-55, thanks to an opening throw of 17.23 (945 points).

Tunisia were celebrating another success in the women's F40/41 shot through world discus F41 champion Raoua Tlili (973 points) - who finished exactly three metres ahead of her nearest challenger - Britain's Holly Neill.

More than 450 athletes from 45 countries are in Dubai for the IPC Athletics Grand Prix which will continue through to Wednesday (25 February).

Live results from the Dubai Grand Prix can be found at team-thomas.org.

The 2015 IPC Athletics Grand Prix series continues with the next event taking place in Brisbane, Australia next month. Meetings will then be held in Tunis, Tunisia; Beijing, China; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Mesa, USA; Nottwil, Switzerland; Grosseto, Italy, Berlin, Germany and the final which will be announced shortly.