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IPC World Championships: Hannah Cockroft strikes gold as British show class

By Robert Jones

Published 29/10/2015

DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 28: Hannah Cockroft of Great Britain wins the women's 800m T34 final during the Evening Session on Day Seven of the IPC Athletics World Championships at Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium on October 28, 2015 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 28: Hannah Cockroft of Great Britain wins the women's 800m T34 final during the Evening Session on Day Seven of the IPC Athletics World Championships at Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium on October 28, 2015 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Hannah Cockroft led a British sweep of the medals in the women’s T34 800 metres final at the IPC World Championships in Doha.

Cockroft claimed her second gold of the meet ahead of team-mates Mel Nicholls and 14-year-old Kare Adenegan on a profitable day in Qatar for Great Britain.

Paralympic champion Richard Whitehead earlier equalled his own world record to defend his 200m T42 world title as Team GB won a total of eight medals yesterday to swell their tally for the championships to 23.

Aled Davies also won gold in the discus throw F42 and set a world record of 49.59 metres.

Cockroft said: “I don’t think any of us can believe that was a British 1-2-3. We are the ones to beat now heading into Rio.”

Cockroft won gold in the T34 100m on the opening day and will now set her sights on a hat-trick of titles when she goes in the 400m on Saturday.

“The pressure is always there as I am always one of the ones to watch,” she added. “Sometimes that can get to your head but I proved that I can deal with it. I had to play to my strengths — I was confident with 200m left.”

Dan Bramall and Toby Gold claimed silver and bronze respectively in the men’s T33 100m while Kyron Duke threw a season’s best 37.99 metres for third in the men’s F41 javelin final.

Graeme Ballard won his men’s T36 100m semi-final in 12.37seconds to qualify for today’s final.

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