Olivia Breen, Maria Lyle, Georgie Hermitage and Sophie Hahn break world T35-38 4x100m record, while Hannah Cockroft and Hollie Arnold also win gold on final day of IPC Athletics World Champs
The women’s T35-38 4x100m relay team, Hannah Cockroft and Hollie Arnold added three golds to Great Britain’s medal haul on the final day of the IPC Athletics World Championships, contributing to a total of 13 golds and 31 medals overall in Doha.
Olivia Breen, Maria Lyle, Georgie Hermitage and Sophie Hahn combined to break the world T35-38 4x100m record by more than a second, clocking 52.22 to beat previous record-holders Russia, who with 53.18 also dipped under the old world record mark.
“It was an amazing feeling, particularly when the world record flashed up on the screen,” said relay anchor Hahn. “It is an exciting time heading into Rio and hopefully we will get faster.”
Double Paralympic champion Cockroft completed a hat-trick in Doha, claiming her third gold with victory in the T34 400m.
The 23-year-old, who has also won the 100m and 800m in the past 10 days, clocked a 62.66 championship record to beat USA’s Alexa Halko with 64.20 as Cockroft’s GB team-mate Kare Adenagan claimed her second bronze of the championships after her medal in the 800m, clocking 64.78. Mel Nicolls finished fifth in 68.29.
“This one feels amazing,” said Cockroft. “In my last 400m race I was beaten by Kare and I came into this race not knowing what was going to happen.
“I think this is going to put more pressure on me,” she added. “Kare is coming through quick and fast and she’s a brilliant athlete, but I wanted to prove to people that the race in Newham was a bad day and I needed to forget about that.
“I came out here and I think I’ve redeemed myself and shown that everyone is going to have to work a little harder to beat me. It’s going to be a great showdown in Rio.”
Arnold retained her F46 javelin title in style, breaking the championship record with 40.53m. Having taken the lead in the second round when extending the record to 40.03m, she followed that up with her winning throw.
“I’m over the moon,” she said. “I did want to go out there and break the world record, but in this heat, I was melting. I know there is more to come which is a massive positive.”
GB head coach Paula Dunn, who saw her team better the set medal target, commented: “We came out to Doha with the aim of winning 26-30 medals, 10-12 of those being gold, and we hit that objective before we even started the final session.
“We can’t afford to take this for granted going into a Paralympic year, but it’s a really good indication of the strength and depth we have across the board.”
The final session had got underway with a world record as Russia’s Evgenii Shvetcov clocked 24.29 to break his own record mark in a T36 200m final which saw Britain’s Graeme Ballard finish sixth.
Ballard’s team-mate Ben Rowlings was seventh in a T34 200m final won by Tunisia’s Walid Ktila who secured his fourth gold of the championships. With that win, the 30-year-old completed a double quadruple, repeating his feat from two years ago in Lyon with victories over 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m.
Rhys Jones placed eighth in the T37 100m, while T38 400m bronze medallist Shaun Burrows finished fifth in the 100m final.
Another world record fell in the men’s T11-13 4x100m as the Russian team clocked 42.11 to better a mark which had been set by Spain in 1994.
China topped the medal table in Doha with a total of 41 gold, 26 silver and 18 bronze medals, while Russia, who finished top two years ago, were second with 24 gold, 21 silver and 24 bronze. USA was third, Great Britain fourth with 13 gold, nine silver and nine bronze and Tunisia fifth.
» Full results can be found at paralympic.org