COCK­ROFT KEEPS UP HER WIN­NING HABIT

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FIVE years af­ter her dou­ble Lon­don 2012 Par­a­lympic Games glory, Han­nah Cock­roft again thrilled the home crowds with a world record-break­ing per­for­mance in the UK cap­i­tal.

In an ex­cit­ing T34 100m fi­nal, Cock­roft’s 16-year-old team-mate Kare Adene­gan en­joyed a strong start, but the de­fend­ing cham­pion was pick­ing up the pace and surged over the line with 17.18 on the clock to im­prove her own world record of 17.25 set ear­lier this month.

Adene­gan, who is the only ath­lete to have ever beaten Cock­roft fol­low­ing a 400m vic­tory in 2015, got sil­ver in 18.01.

USA’s Alexa Halko clocked an area record 18.43 for bronze, while Bri­tain’s Carly Tait was fifth with 19.58.

Cock­roft wasn’t done there, how­ever, as she re­turned three days later to win the 800m. The 24-year-old had ex­pected that the 800m fi­nal was go­ing to be a tac­ti­cal af­fair but she judged it to per­fec­tion, surg­ing ahead at the bell in 63.68 and fin­ish­ing clear ahead of Halko (2:03.49) and Adene­gan (2:05.76), with Tait fourth (2:21.61).

She then turned her at­ten­tion to claim­ing a 10th world ti­tle of her ca­reer in Thurs­day’s 400m.

“It’s still as loud as ever out there,” said the five-time Par­a­lympic gold medal­list. “To get this op­por­tu­nity again five years on is amaz­ing.”

Gemma Prescott had been among those to con­trib­ute to GB’s medal haul on the first evening of the cham­pi­onships, throw­ing 19.97m for bronze in an F32 club throw fi­nal won by Al­ge­ria’s Mou­nia Gasmi with a best of 25.07m.

Bri­tain’s de­fend­ing cham­pion Jo But­ter­field came close to also en­joy­ing medal-win­ning suc­cess de­spite shoul­der in­jury strug­gles as she was placed third in the F51 club throw with just one ath­lete left to throw.

But that one ath­lete was USA’s Rachael Mor­ri­son – who had bro­ken But­ter­field’s world record ear­lier on in the year – and with the fi­nal throw of the com­pe­ti­tion she recorded 22.92m to beat But­ter­field’s best of 22.54m and bag bronze.

The win was claimed by Ukraine’s Zoia Ovsii who sur­prised with a cham­pi­onship record-break­ing 23.74m.

Han­nah Cock­roft: con­tin­ues her record-break­ing ways

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