World Para-athletics championships 2017: Triple gold for Great Britain as Hannah Cockroft seals ninth world title

 
Ross McLean
Follow Ross
IPC World ParaAthletics Championships 2017 London - Day Four
Hannah Cockroft claimed her ninth world title (Source: Getty)

Five-time Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft claimed her second gold of the World Para-athletics Championships with victory in the women’s 800m T34.

The 24-year-old wheelchair racer clocked a championship record time of 2:01.77 to successfully defend her world title and remain undefeated in major competitions.

Cockroft finished ahead of Alexa Halko of the United States and Briton Kare Adenegan, who claimed bronze, to seal her ninth world title. She can claim a 10th in the 400m on Thursday.

“I’m really happy with that race. I knew I was in for a good time,” said Cockroft. “[But] I’m not at full fitness. I feel like I’m smoking 100 cigarettes a day.”

There was further joy for Great Britain as Sophie Kamlish, who has an amputation of the right leg below the knee, won gold in the women’s 100m T44 final. She beat defending champion Marlou van Rhijn after setting a world record time of 12.90 seconds in the heats.

Earlier in the day, Olivia Breen, who has cerebral palsy, secured victory in the T38 long jump.