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Cockcroft smashes world record

14 July 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 14/07/17 10:21pm

Hannah Cockcroft smashed her own world record to win gold

Hannah Cockcroft smashed her own world record to win gold

Wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft set a new world record on the opening night of the World Para Athletics Championships.

Cockroft won a fourth straight T34 100m title as she claimed her eighth global crown, triumphing at the London Stadium where she burst to prominence five years ago.

The 24-year-old Halifax racer extended her undefeated streak in major championships to win in a time of 17.18 seconds, breaking her own world record in the process

“I’m not going to lie, I wanted to go a little bit quicker,” Cockroft said after the race.

Kare Adenegan, the 16-year-old from Coventry, took silver in 18.01s and Alexa Halko of the United States was third in 18.43. Briton Carly Tait was fifth in 19.58.

Cockroft won two Paralympic gold medals at London 2012 and three more in Rio last summer. She competes over 800m on Monday and 400m on Thursday.


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