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Cockroft sets new world record to win fifth T34 100m title at the World Para-Athletics Championships

 

Hannah Cockroft has rediscovered her mojo and that means only one thing — gold medals.

The British wheelchair sprinter beat her teenage rival Kare Adenegan in a world record 16.77sec to take her fifth successive T34 100metres title at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai.

‘I was really distracted last year, I’m not ashamed to say that I had fallen out of love with the sport a little bit,’ Cockroft said.

Hannah Cockroft beat her teenage rival Kare Adenegan in a world record 16.77sec

Hannah Cockroft beat her teenage rival Kare Adenegan in a world record 16.77sec

‘I didn’t feel motivated to be at the European Championships, but Kare winning there was a real eye-opener for me, it woke me up. To see her elation at winning, it made me realise what I had lost.’

Cockroft, who has next year’s Tokyo Paralympics in her sights, has moved from her Yorkshire base and now trains with men after re-assessing her priorities.

Scottish team-mate Maria Lyle was celebrating, too, after winning the T35 100m final, her first individual gold medal. Welshman Aled Davies, who recently became a father, also struck gold with his fourth consecutive world shot put title.

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