Magnificent seven for Cockroft

Yorkshire’s Hannah Cockroft has won her second gold medal of the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, the seventh world title of a glittering career.

Hannah Cockroft

Halifax’s Cockroft was one of three Britons winning gold on Thursday, alongside Aled Davies and Richard Whitehead.

One of the highlights of the night came in the T34 800m final with Cockroft leading home a British one-two-three, ahead Mel Nicholls and 14 year-old Kare Adenegan.

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It was a seventh world title for Cockroft, and in a championship record of 2:07.10.

The double Paralympic champion 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 which is very exciting.

“That race was really exciting today because we were so close. However, it also showed that I’m only 23 and I’m still the fastest in the world.

“I definitely had a point to prove and I have to do that again on Saturday (in the 400m).”

“The pressure is always there as I am always one of the ones to watch. Sometimes that can get to your head but I think I proved today that I can deal with it.

“I had to play the race to my strengths – I was pretty confident going with 200m left.”

Aled Davies (Ryan Spencer-Jones) and Richard Whitehead (Keith Antoine)