HERMITAGE RELIEF AT DOUBLE
AFTER injury struggles this year, Georgie Hermitage described her T37 400m win in a world record time as “overwhelming and unexpected”.
The 28-year-old’s preparations had been less than ideal after an initially expected six-week recovery became three months.
But she battled back and not only won her favoured 400m in the UK capital, but also gained gold in the 100m.
First Hermitage, whose cerebral palsy mainly affects the left side of her body, clocked 60.29 on the Thursday to win the one-lap event by over two seconds from Ukraine’s Natalia Kobzar with a PB of 62.83.
“It means everything,” the Briton said afterwards. “It’s a huge relief. This year has been the toughest to date.”
Two days later the Guildford & Godalming AC sprinter completed a fantastic return to the global stage as she again beat Kobzar but this time to the 100m title, clocking a winning 13.36.
“That’s the biggest crowd I have ever performed in front of, the roar was unbelievable,” said Hermitage, who had been inspired to return to athletics after watching the London 2012 Games.
“I wanted to get a lap round to see the people on the back straight because we need to keep this going. Para sport struggles to pull crowds for some reason, I don’t know why, because we have such a wealth of talent and there’s so many different stories that people can understand. We need to keep this alive.”
On the night that Hermitage broke the 400m record, there was another global mark smashed as China’s Yiting Shi sprinted 13.68 to break a nineyear old T36 100m record.
Georgina Hermitage: 400m gold plus 100m victory too for the T37 sprinter