COCKROFT KEEPS UP HER WINNING HABIT
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.
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