Hannah Cockroft And Kadeena Cox Take Rio Paralympic Gold

Cockcroft successfully defended her Paralympic title in the T34 100m in the Olympic Stadium.

Cox won the women’s C4-5 500m time trial in the velodrome, becoming the first British athlete to win medals in two different Paralympic sports for 28 years after earlier winning bronze in the T38 100m.

Wheelchair user Cockroft was several lengths ahead of her nearest rival in the track event in the Olympic Stadium.

Her time of 17.43 seconds resulted in the 24-year-old from Halifax setting a new Paralympic record.

Cox, who has multiple sclerosis, said: “I just can’t believe it. It’s crazy to think that it’s just two years since I was diagnosed. I’ve been doing it for a year and a half and now, being on top of the world, it’s amazing.”

She broke the world record to beat a Chinese athlete into second place and Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey into fourth.

Their victories came during a busy day for Paralympic GB’s athletes which saw them bring their silver medal count to eight and their bronze count to 11.

British athlete Kare Adenegan took silver in the same race that Cockroft took gold.


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