September 12 2020
Hannah Cockroft had a magical afternoon at the British Wheelchair Athletic Association Grand Prix in Stoke Mandeville as she revised the world records in the women’s T34 100m (16.71), 200m (30.09), 400m (55.98) and 800m (1:49.85).
After regaining the T34 100m world record on her way to the World Para Athletics Championship title in November last year, Cockroft took a further 0.06 seconds off that mark, lowering the global best to 16.71 (+1.6 m/s). Sammi Kinghorn won the race in a time of 16.29 which was only 0.08 seconds off her lifetime best. The 200m world record was particularly sweet for the 12-time world champion as she revised her best from 2015, clocking 30.09 (-1.1) a 0.42s improvement. Again, Kinghorn won the race in 29.75.
The 200m world record was particularly sweet for the 12-time world champion as she revised her best from 2015, clocking 30.09 (-1.1) a 0.42s improvement. Kinghorn managed to win the race in 29.75.
Over the 400m, it was a similar outcome to the race at the Müller British Athletics Championships a week last Friday as Cockroft came out on top against Kinghorn and did so in a huge personal best. 55.98 was the time recorded which reduced her previous best from 57.48, a big improvement over the one-lap distance. Again Kinghorn won, crossing the line in 56.58.
One of the largest improvements came in the 800m as Cockroft pushed to a magnificent personal best of 1:49.85 which improved her previous best of 1:55.73 set back in 2017. The remarkable times were reflected across the field as Sammi Kinghorn followed in 1:49.88, Melanie Woods sealed a huge improvement as she crossed the line in 1:53.87, while Kare Adenegan also recorded a two second lifetime best, setting 1:57.47.
After Cockroft’s successful day on the track, the five-time Paralympic champion said:
“There was no pressure, no expectations, it was all about going out there and doing what we love to do. I think that really helped me going into the 800m. Obviously Sammi (Kinghorn) was there. I always look to Sammi as being the one to chase down – I’m not normally in front of her. We said whoever gets to the line first (after 400m) takes the pole and whoever tires, we will just go around them. We both wanted to go for it and see what we could do. I’m pretty sure the whole women’s 800m field got personal best. It was a great race – we just powered through. It was pretty impressive!"
Reflecting on the 2020 season and looking ahead to 2021, she added:
“That’s it for me this year. I have no more races, so I’ll be taking a week off now. Everything is still unknown – we didn’t know if we would get any of these races in over the last few weeks. So, me and Nathan (Maguire) will get back into training. We have really committed over lockdown. We built a gym in the garage, we found new road routes and at no point have we stopped. We have eliminated any excuse that we could have given ourselves. I am really glad that it has paid off.”.