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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

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