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WORLD record-break­ing per­for­mances by a tremen­dous trio made for a golden Su­per Satur­day for the host na­tion.

Hol­lie Arnold, So­phie Hahn and Sammi Kinghorn were all hugely im­pres­sive in win­ning the F46 javelin, T38 200m and T53 200m re­spec­tively.

GB team co-cap­tain Arnold, who won the Par­a­lympic ti­tle in Rio af­ter fin­ish­ing fifth in Lon­don five years ago, opened with a cham­pi­onship record 41.38m which she im­proved to 42.13m in the se­cond round. With the crowd giv­ing her fan­tas­tic sup­port, the Bri­ton, who was born without her right fore­arm, un­leashed a 43.02m throw in the fourth round to im­prove her world record.

De­spite her fan­tas­tic se­ries, it wasn’t a clear vic­tory as New Zealand’s Holly Robin­son threw an Ocea­nian record 41.83m and then came even closer with a 42.41m fi­nal throw.

“I just feel amaz­ing, it was a great se­ries,” said the win­ner af­ter claim­ing her third world

ti­tle. “I couldn’t have gone out there and done any bet­ter to­day, but I know there’s so much more to come.”

Hahn was a class apart in her event, win­ning in lane nine with a su­perb 26.11.

Lindy Ave of Ger­many was se­cond in 27.02, just edg­ing past Bri­tain’s Kadeena Cox in the fi­nal 20 me­tres. Cox set a PB 27.15 for bronze and now races the 100m and 400m.

“It feels ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble and to break a world record in front of a home crowd is phe­nom­e­nal,” Hahn said.

Kinghorn con­tin­ued the mo­men­tum, with the wheel­chair racer build­ing up a good lead af­ter a strong start. She held her ad­van­tage to im­prove her world record to 28.61.

Aus­tralia’s An­gela Bal­lard was se­cond in 29.09.

“Gold. I can’t be­lieve it,” said the win­ner. “That crowd was in­cred­i­ble!”

Al­ge­rian Nas­sima Saifi won the F57 dis­cus with a 34.05m throw, as Ire­land’s Orla Barry se­cured sil­ver with 28.89m.

Holly Arnold: GB team co-cap­tain leads by ex­am­ple with a record-break­ing win

So­phie Hahn: wins her first global 200m gold and is joined on the podium by fel­low Bri­ton Kadeena Cox

Sammi Kinghorn: storms to 200m


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