Hannah Cockroft (coach: Jenni Banks; club: Leeds) produced the best performance of her career as she sealed the world title number 11 in a world record time in the T34 100m final, while Kare Adenegan (Job King; Coventry) won the silver medal, and Kyron Duke (Anthony Hughes; DSW Para Academy) sealed bronze during a bumper morning session at the World Para Athletics Championships.
In the highly anticipated women’s T34 100m final, all eyes were on world record holder and European champion Kare Adenegan and ten-time world champion Hannah Cockroft in lanes four and seven respectively.
Both got a fantastic start, neck and neck in the opening stages of the race, but it was the Yorkshire athlete who powered away over the final 50 metres, taking 0.03s off the previous world best, clocking 16.77s (+1.4) with Adenegan crossing the line in a season’s best of 17.49, and America’s Alexa Halko claiming bronze in 18.83.
Cockroft, speaking after winning the world title, said: “I think number 11 is probably the best yet. It was definitely the hardest to win. They mean more and more. Kare is the biggest rival I’ve ever had; she’s a fantastic athlete. It’s great that I’ve come out on top here, but you know that can switch around at any time. You’ve got to take the gold when you can and keep working hard.
“I really wanted to come and win the gold. I would have been happy with silver because I know Kare has been working hard and is strong and was the world record holder. I haven’t dipped below 17 seconds ever in my career, not even in training, so I have no idea where that came from, but I’m so pleased it did on race day.
“I just about managed to hold back the tears when I crossed the finish line, so it is going to be an emotional moment on the podium.”
She returns for the 800m final on Thursday, starting at 05:58 (UK time), and on that contest she added:
“The 800m will be a lot different to the 100m. It’ll be a bit of a game. I’m feeling really strong; I’ve done a lot of work on my 800m. I just need to get out of my blocks the best I can and see how the rest of the race pans out and hopefully I win world gold number 12.”
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