Teenage sprinter Sophie Hahn sets world record on way to T38 100m victory on day that Libby Clegg claims T12 100m silver
Sophie Hahn continued her success at what is her first major championships on Wednesday as she won T38 100m gold, breaking the world record in the process, at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon.
The 16-year-old, who only started racing competitively this year, had already claimed silver over double the distance on Monday and managed to go one better with her 13.10 clocking over the shorter distance, shaving 0.09 off of the previous world record held by Veronica Hipolito who she pipped into silver having finished runner up to the Brazilian 17-year-old in the 200m.
“I cannot believe it, I am so happy!” Hahn later told IPC Athletics.
“I need to thank my coaches, without them it would not have been possible. I cannot wait to go home and tell all my friends I did it!”
Hahn’s gold came on a day that saw GB add a total of four medals to the haul, with defending world T12 100m champion Libby Clegg (pictured) just short of retaining her title as she claimed her second silver of the championships, with China’s Guohua Zhou breaking her own championship record with her run of 12.19 to Clegg’s 12.23.
Lee Whiteley claimed Britain’s first medal of the day as he bagged bronze with 23.00 in a T38 200m race won by Australia’s Evan O’Hanlon (21.95 CR) to go one better than his fourth place finish over 100m. Whiteley’s team-mate Josie Pearson also claimed bronze, adding her club throw medal to the gold she won in the discus on Sunday. Her personal best 14.01m for 951 points saw her finish behind Canada’s Becky Richter (15.00m, 1018 points) in a F31/32/51 club throw final won by Maroua Ibrahmi of Tunisia in a world record 24.15m for 1030 points.
» You will find coverage of the IPC World Champs in the July 25 issue of Athletics Weekly, with a full round-up in our August 1 issue. For results click here.