Athletics star Hannah Cockroft claims her SIXTH Paralympic gold medal by setting a world record of 16.39 seconds in the T34 100m race… with Team GB teammate Kare Adenegan claiming silver in the British one-two
- Team GB’s Hannah Cockroft won her sixth Paralympic gold medal on Sunday
- Cockroft set a world record time of 16.39 seconds in the final of the T34 100m
- The 29-year-old finished just ahead of Team GB teammate Kare Adenegan
- Cockroft is now five times gold behind para-athlete Tanni Grey-Thompson
Team GB’s Hannah Cockroft took her sixth Paralympic gold medal by winning another T34 100m crown via a world record time of 16.39 seconds.
The 29-year-old wheelchair star came to the Games with the titles in the 100, 400 and 800 meters in Rio 2016 and stormed in style to yet another victory at the Tokyo National Stadium.
Sunday’s race ended in a British one-two with British star Kare Adenegan taking another silver medal, which the 20-year-old also won in Brazil five years ago. Australian Robyn Lambbird took the bronze.
Hannah Cockroft won her sixth Paralympic gold through a world record time in the T34 100m race
The 29-year-old regained her 100m crown for the second time with a time of 16.39 seconds
But all the glory went to West Yorkshire’s Cockroft, who even admitted she was surprised by her record time over the weekend.
“I honestly didn’t know that time was in me,” she said. “I knew Kare was going to go crazy, and I had to go with her as best I could.
“She just pulled a good time out of me. It’s coming, it’s always been hiding, it only took a few years to show its face.’
Cockroft was the clear favorite to take gold in the 100 metres, as she arrived at the Games as the only ever-ready athlete to set a time of less than 17 seconds from her and her competitors this year.
It was a Team GB one-two with Cockroft (center) ahead of Kare Adenegan (left)
She now joins fellow wheelchair stars David Weir and Dick Thompson, swimmer James Anderson, cyclist Darren Kenny and all-rounder Valerie Robertson in winning six Paralympic gold medals.
She needs five more gold medals to match British Paralympic athletics record holder Tanni Grey-Thompson at 11, with Cockroft also the favorite to claim gold in the 800 meters later this summer.
Asked if she could possibly surpass Grey-Thompson’s performance, she replied: ‘I’m halfway through and I’m three Games in. I’m 29, guys! I don’t know if I can do three more Games.
Cockroft is now five behind Tanni Grey-Thompson, who has 11 gold medals in Para athletics
“It’s there, it’s in the distance. This sport has changed so much since Tanni. She left a legacy, we just need to keep bringing more young girls into the sport. If I have to keep beating them, great.’
However, Cockroft got a huge scare from her Team GB team-mate Adenegan by starting strong, but the 20-year-old was caught by the reigning Olympic champion, although the youngster came close to her personal best of 16.8 seconds. .
Three British athletes finished in the top five in this Paralympic final race, with Fabienne Andre further adrift of the medal-winning package, finishing in fifth place with a time of 19.14.