More than 1,300 athletes from over 90 countries taked part in the 2015 World Championships – the biggest para-sport event ever to be held in the Middle East. That number marks an increase of over 20 per cent on the number of competitors who lined up at the last World Championships in Lyon, France two years ago. This time around the number of female athletes has also risen by an impressive 39 per cent. One of the last major competitions ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, this year’s competition will feature 212 medal events as athletes from around the world bid to secure qualification for the Games in less than 12 months’ time. China topped the final medals table in Doha with a total of 41 gold, 26 silver and 18 bronze. Russia, who topped the table two years ago, finished runners up with 24 gold, 21 silver and 24 bronze. The USA were third, Great Britain finished in fourth place and Tunisia took the fifth spot.