Cockroft soars to golden double

Cockroft soars to golden double

Hannah Cockroft claimed gold again in the Olympic Stadium

Hannah Cockroft claimed gold again in the Olympic Stadium

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'Hurricane' Hannah Cockroft blew away her competition and the Paralympic record to win her second gold medal at the Olympic Stadium.

The 20-year-old claimed she felt like she was "flying" after a dominant run in qualifying on Thursday morning and lived up to her nickname in emphatic fashion by storming to T34 200 metres glory.

The Halifax racer, the world record holder and already the 100m champion, finished in 31.90 seconds, more than two seconds clear of the field.

So dominant is she at the event that, racing from lane six, she was already passed the two competitors outside her after barely 20m and was streets clear by the time she crossed the line.

Earlier, the son of a Star Wars bounty hunter claimed his second medal of the Games with an 800m bronze as the Russian challenge again proved too tough to crack.

Paul Blake, whose actor father played Greedo in the first film in the saga, was pipped to the T36 400m title by Evgenii Shvetcov, who celebrated another victory on Thursday.

The Dorchester athlete was passed by another Russian, Artem Arefyev, on the final bend and ran out of strength down the home straight, but he was well clear in third to come home in 2mins 08.24secs.

Blake's bronze followed quickly after a bronze for Ben Rushgrove in the 200m, the 24-year-old clocking a new personal best of 24.83s to finish well clear of team-mate Graeme Ballard, the 100m silver medallist, in fourth.

The medals kept coming think and fast for Great Britain as Ola Abidogun produced a storming finish to take bronze in the T46 100m.

The 19-year-old came through strongly at the end to finish in 11.23.


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