SUPERHUMANS

Many people have been watching sport not only to cheer their team but also to get inspired by the hope, the frustration, the joy and the despair, to feel elation and sadness, excitement and disappointment. This whirlwind of emotions seems synonymous with the Para Athletics Championship 2017 held in London Olympic Stadium, that idea of hope in overcoming the odds, the stories that may be sad, tragic, and moving.

Classification is simply a structure for competition. Not unlike boxing and weightlifting, where athletes are categorized by weight classes, athletes with disabilities are grouped in classes defined by the degree of function presented by the disability.Traditionally there are athletes who belong to six different disability groups in the Paralympic Movement: amputee, cerebral palsy, visual impairment, spinal cord injuries, intellectual disability and a group which includes all those that do not fit into the aforementioned groups.Some of the athletes had inborn limitations, other acquired.But features that you can surely find among all the athletes in Para athletics are courage, determination, inspiration and equality. Athletes can be inspirational. The World Athletic Championship has shown this. Yet the inspiration that greeted successful athletes is not the same as that being attributed to their disabled counterparts. An Olympian is deemed inspirational because of what they have achieved. An para-athlete is an inspiration because, despite it all, they've made it this far. It is, in part, a reflection of the unspoken thought that hides in perceptions of disability: a disabled life is a critical existence that only the most courageous could "overcome".

"To my fellow Londoners. To all the staff and volunteers. To UK Athletics, UK Sport and the London Borough of Newham: Thank you for your hard work. And for making this possible. It’s with huge pride that I can now declare the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships officially - OPEN." Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Built to host London 2012, the former Olympic Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London Stadium is home to West Ham United in the Premier League, to UK Athletics as well as playing host to global entertainers.

Blind and partially sighted runners can compete with a guide. Usually tethered to the athlete by a tether, a guide runs with them, acting as their eyes.

Stef Reid is a Paralympic long jumper who competes for Great Britain.

Jonnie Peacock: "Losing my leg affected my mum far more than me"

More than 230,000 tickets have been sold for the event, more than any of the previous eight championships, and the most ever for an event of its kind outside of a Paralymic Games. Launching the #fillthestadium campaign helped to reach the result with adult tickets available for £10, and children’s tickets for £5.

Blind athletes competing in the long jump and triple jump also use guides, though here they stay stationary, shouting commands, clapping and directing athletes through the jump.

The fairy story of Arjola Dedaj, sightless parathlete. Landed with a inflatable raft from Albania, Arjola is partially sighted since birth for a pigmented retinitis. Now the world bows at her feet, crowning her world champion of long jump