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Sophie Hahn delighted to complete gold medal set on Gold CoastApril 13, 2018
The sprinter added the Commonwealth T38 100m title to her Paralympic, world and European wins
Sophie Hahn has said she feels “honoured” to have had her event included in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, following her impressive T38 100m victory on Thursday.
The world and Paralympic champion ran a time of 12.46, just two hundredths of a second outside her own world record, to break the Commonwealth Games record.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” she said, reflecting on her victory. “To be Commonwealth champion is absolutely fantastic.
“I’ve always wanted to be Commonwealth champion and to do that here in Australia is great. I’ve not raced the Aussie (silver medallist Rhiannon Clarke) before, and I thought straight away, she’s pretty good so I needed to be on my game.”
She continued by talking about the importance for her of having the opportunity to be part of the Commonwealth Games – as opposed to a World Para Athletics Championships or Paralympics.
“I think it is fantastic to have para events in the Commonwealth Games and fantastic that able and para athletes can be part of one team,” she said. “I am really honoured to have my event included in the Games.”
Hahn was inspired by watching London 2012 and decided to try running herself. A year later, aged 16, she was selected for the GB team at the 2013 IPC World Championships where she won a silver and gold. She has now been to three world championships and increased her medal haul to five gold and two silver.
At the Rio Paralympics she won 100m gold and relay silver, while she secured the European title in 2016, and now has a Commonwealth gold to complete the set.
Like many athletes, she found it hard to be in competitive mode in April.
“It’s quite early in the season for us,” she said, “so my training had to change a little and I had to introduce speed work earlier.
“So to run that time this early on, I can’t ask for more really.
“This year is all about consistency. Next year we’ll pick it up and look to peak for Tokyo 2020.”