fast track: Second gold and record for Hannah

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Paralympian Hannah Cockroft stormed to victory to set a new games record as the Halifax racer roared home to win her second gold medal in London.

The 20-year-old wheelchair specialist added the 200 metre gold to the 100m sprint gold she won on Friday at the Olympic stadium.

Her win marked another outstanding day for British athletes as they achieved their medals target on day eight of the games.

Lightning quick Jonnie Peacock, 19, from Cambridge, raced to gold in the showpiece 100m final beating off all-comers including controversial Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius.

Another winner was cyclist Sarah Storey who cemented herself in the Paralympic hall of fame by equalling Tanni 
Grey-Thompson’s haul of 11 
gold medals, while wheelchair racer David Weir, 33, won his third gold of the games after powering first across the finishing line in the 800m – and could make it four in the marathon on Sunday.

Storey won her fourth gold of London 2012 in a sensational road race at Brand’s Hatch and was so quick she caught the men’s race, which had set off earlier.

The swimmer turned-cyclist, 34, now joins the legendary 
Baroness Grey-Thompson on 11 gold medals to become one of the most decorated British Paralympians in history.

The Manchester-based cyclist said: “I can’t believe I pulled it off today. I’m just so chuffed, it was amazing.”

Storey won five Paralympic golds in swimming – before transferring to the track following an ear infection in 2005 -– and now has six in cycling.

Her incredible career spans 20 years and six games, since making her debut in Barcelona aged just 14.

Fifteen-year-old schoolboy swimming sensation Josef Craig smashed the world record to became Britain’s youngest gold medal winner in front of a roaring crowd in the Aquatics Centre, and declared: “It’s the happiest day of my life.”

Craig, who has cerebral palsy, broke the world record he set earlier in the day by comfortably winning the 400m final.

“I didn’t realise that I’d broken the world record, I didn’t think I had it in me,” he added. “But obviously because of this great crowd again and all this support, I managed to. It means more than anything in the world.”

British Paralympians also won their first ever sailing medals yesterday when Helena Lucas struck gold and Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell picked up bronze in their events.

UK Sport set a target of claiming at least 103 medals – one more than was won in Beijing – and that mark was hit yesterday when Heather Frederiksen won silver in the women’s S8 100 metres freestyle.

UK Sport chair Baroness Sue Campbell said: “For ParalympicsGB to reach this target with several days of competition still to go is a clear demonstration of the immense talent of the athletes on the programme, their hard work and dedication and the support network we have helped build around them.”

The second part of UK Sport’s target was to win medals in at least 12 sports. ParalympicsGB have so far been on the podium in 13.

She added: “The London Paralympics Games have been a truly wonderful display of sporting excellence and a testament to the power of the human spirit. To see what our athletes have achieved has been inspirational.”

The hosts, who were second in the overall medal table in Beijing four years ago, are involved in a close battle with Russia to be runners-up behind China at London 2012.

Paralympic organisers yesterday hailed the success of the 
Games, saying they had generated £10 million more than expected.

Officials said ticketing revenue had burst through the initial target of £35m.