Dutch star secures sprint gold double

Doha (AFP) - Dutch sprinter Marlou van Rhijn secured her second gold medal sprint double at the World Paralympic Championships in Doha on Thursday, smashing her own world record in the process.

Fresh from winning gold in the T44 (amputee) 200m, van Rhijn followed up in the 100m, crossing the line in a time of 12.80secs.

Her victory, secured by a late charge, also denied French sprinter Marie-Amelie Le Fur a third gold at these championships.

"It was awesome, it's just so great to be here, to be able to win and run these kind of races," said a jubilant van Rhijn.

"I like fast races and this was a fast race. I did make it a very close race and that wasn't my plan but I felt so strong, so I felt in the second part I could win this."

Van Rijn is arguably the world's biggest Paralympian star and her race was beamed live on Dutch TV on Thursday.

It was her second world championships double have won gold at both distances in Lyon in 2013.

Le Fur, who won gold at the 400m and long jump, was happy with silver after a time of 13.12sec.

"She ran a very good time so I can't expect better. I am very happy, I broke my PB and I don't like the 100m."

On a night of high quality action, US sprinter Richard Browne also broke the world record in the T44 100m men's final.

Browne, 24, obliterated the field to clock a time of 10.61sec, shaving 0.10 secs off the previous record held by his fellow countryman Jarryd Wallace, who did not compete in Qatar because of injury.

Like van Rhijn, it was Browne's second gold at the championships, having also won at the 200m. He also posted a world record time of 21.27secs over that distance.

There was also another gold for young Australian sprinting sensation Isis Holt.

The 14-year-old, on her first ever trip outside Australia, won the T35 (cerebal palsy) 100m in a time of 13.63, another new world record.

Like van Rhijn and Browne, she also took gold at 200m.

"I just can't believe this," she said.

"When I boarded that plane to Doha, winning golds and breaking world records, let alone being on the podium was the last thing on my mind."

Another notable medal winner on Thursday was Germany's Martina Willing in the F56 (no leg function) Javelin.

The 56-year-old won gold with a distance of 22.44m, 27 years after first winning a medal at the Paralympic world championships in Seoul.