Hannah Cockroft smashes own Paralympic record to claim seventh career gold

Wheelchair racing star Hannah Cockroft broke her own Paralympic record when she drove to gold in the T34 800m in Tokyo.

Cockroft flew out of the blocks in a rain-soaked Olympic stadium and landed more than 10 seconds ahead of British silver medalist Kare Adenegan.

At 1: 48.99, the 29-year-old was just 0.12 seconds below the world record she set at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Switzerland in May.

American Alexa Halko prevented ParalympicsGB from dominating the podium when she won bronze in 2: 02.22, just under seven seconds ahead of fourth-placed British Fabienne Andre.

Yorkshire-born Cockroft, who also retained her 100m title on Sunday ahead of Adenegan, has won a total of seven Paralympic gold medals after her debut in London in 2012.

She goes home, four just behind Baroness Tanni Gray-Thompson as Britain’s most successful female athletics Paralympist.

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