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Cockroft provides silver lining on rain-swept Sunday; India's Gurjar strikes gold

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Filed on November 10, 2019
Great Britain's Hannah Cockroft celebrates after setting a new world record in the women's 100m T34 final en route to winning her 11th gold at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai on Sunday. - International Paralympic Committee

The 27-year-old from Halifax, West of Yorkshire, went under 17 seconds for the first time in her illustrious career in the women's 100m T34 category, with a record time of 16.77 seconds at the Dubai Club for People of Determination Stadium.

Celebrated Great Britain's para athlete Hannah Cockroft provided the silver lining on an overcast and rain-swept Sunday by setting a new world mark on her way to landing her fifth successive world crown and 11th across all distances at the World Para Athletics Championships on Sunday.

The 27-year-old from Halifax, West of Yorkshire, went under 17 seconds for the first time in her illustrious career in the women's 100m T34 category, with a record time of 16.77 seconds at the Dubai Club for People of Determination Stadium.

Cockroft, a five-time gold medallist at the Paralympics across 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m in London 2012 and 2016 in Rio, bettered the previous mark of 16.80 metres set by teammate Kare Adenegan, one of the two captains of the Great Britain team. Adenegan had set that mark in London in 2018.

Cockroft was elated to come up with such a scintillating performance.

"I think number 11 is probably the best yet," said Cockroft.

"It was definitely the hardest to win. They mean more and more. Kare is the biggest rival I've ever had; she's a fantastic athlete. It's great that I've come out on top here but you know that can switch around at any time. You've got to take the gold when you can and keep working hard," she added.

She was left surprised that she managed a sub-17 on the day.

"I really wanted to come and win the gold. I would have been happy with silver because I know Kare has been working hard and is strong, and was the world record holder. I haven't dipped below 17 seconds ever in my career, not even in training, so I have no idea where that came from but I'm so pleased it did on race day," said Cockroft, who was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2013.

The evening session witnessed Gurjar Sundar Singh conjure a last-ditch effort on his sixth and final attempt to win India's second gold with a season's best 61.22 metres in the men's javelin throw F46 category.

Sri Lanka's Herath Mudiyansel took the silver, while India's Ajeet Singh clinched the bronze. Rinku finished fourth.

It took India's tally to two gold, one silver and one bronze.

China's Xiaoyan rewrote her own mark in the women's long jump T37 category. Wen, who had set a new record of 5.18 metres in Tianjin, China in August this year, bettered that with 5.22 metres on her first attempt.

Meanwhile, Australia's James Turner came up with a new record in the men's 100m T36 category with a time of 11.72 seconds, to better Indonesia's Mohamad Puzi's mark of 11.87 seconds set in Jakarta last year.

Earlier, a rain swept morning saw four marks crumble with Ukraine's Roman Danyliuk setting a new world record in the men's shot put F12 category.

South Africa's Mpumelelo Mhlongo set a new world record in the men's 100m T64 round 1 heat 2 with a timing of 11.09 seconds, but only momentarily though as German Johannes Floors put that to shade with an astonishing 10.54 seconds in the third heat.

Their showings sandwiched that of Cockroft, who provided the silver lining on a rather overcast day.

The 26-year-old Danyliuk, who had clinched the bronze in the T12/F12 shot put with a throw of 15.94 metres at the Rio Paralympics in 2016, came up with a brilliant effort of 16.69 metres in his sixth and final attempt.

james@khaleejtimes.com


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