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‘I honestly didn’t know that time was within me’: World record for paralympian Hannah Cockroft

Written by on 29/08/2021

Hannah Cockroft has won her sixth gold medal after powering to T34 100 victory with a world record time of 16.39.

Cockroft, 29, said after her race: “I honestly didn’t know that time was within me.

“I knew that (silver medallist Kare Adenegan) was going to move out of the blocks, and I had to go with her as best I could.

“She just pulled a good time out of me.

“It has been coming, it has always been there hiding, it has just taken a few years to show its face.

“There was definite panic there,” Cockroft said of the race.

“The 100m, when you’re sitting on that start line, looks so short. (Adenegan) went, and I thought, ‘I haven’t got enough time. I need 120’.

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Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games - Athletics - Women's 100m - T34 Final - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - August 29, 2021. Gold Medallist Hannah Cockroft of Britain celebrates setting a new world record with the flag of Britain REUTERS/Molly Darlington
Image: Cockroft has now won her sixth gold medal

“I had no idea how those girls were pushing – we hadn’t raced together. I had raced Kare once this year. It was a shock all around.”

The British wheelchair star won two golds at London 2012 and three more at Rio four years later.

Sunday’s achievement takes her a step closer to the 11 Paralympic medals won by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson between 1992 and 2004.

Speaking about the possibility of overtaking Grey-Thompson, she said: “I’m halfway and I’m three Games in. I’m 29, guys. I don’t know if I can do another three Games.

“It’s there, it’s in the distance. This sport has changed so much since Tanni. She left a legacy.

“We just have to keep bringing more young girls into the sport. If I have to keep beating them, awesome.”

Adenegan, a 20-year-old from Coventry, had to settle for second spot and a season’s best, which was still significantly slower than her lifetime record of 16.8, set in 2018.

 Sky News

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