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

By Robert Jones

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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