Olivia Breen continued the British success at the World Para Athletics Championships in London, on day four.
Breen dominated proceedings in the long jump with an initial 4.61m before hitting a new personal best of 4.72m in round three. The best was yet to come, as in round four she leapt 4.81m, a jump which distanced her from the rest of the field and she took gold at a canter.
“I have been jumping really well this year and it really has been my best season ever,” said Breen.
Sophie Kamlish took a first world title in the T44 100m as Hannah Cockroft increased her tally of world medals to a staggering nine with the T34 400m title – and two bronzes for Kare Adenegan and Richard Whitehead increased the British medal haul.
Kamlish reflected: “It was definitely a case of being very worried about the same as Rio (setting a world record in her heat and then finishing fourth); my brain kept taking me back there, but I relaxed and focused on myself. I was so shocked, the whole day I’ve been nervous and I never feel that for races. Hopefully I can continue this now, I eased off in the heat so hopefully I can go quicker still.”
Hannah Cockroft produced another blistering display as she sealed her second world title of the Championships, and her second in the T34 400m. Fellow Briton, Kare Adenegan claimed bronze after a fast first lap saw her in the lead before Cockroft and the ever-improving Alexa Halko of the USA overhauled her as they rounded the top bend.
Richard Whitehead was edged into third as reigning world champion, Scott Reardon of Australia took home the gold in the T42 100m. “It’s great to have another opportunity to race in front of the home crowd; I enjoy competing and I enjoy putting on the GB vest, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen” said Whitehead.
British Athletics medallists at the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017:
Hollie Arnold – F46 Javelin
Olivia Breen – T38 Long Jump
Hannah Cockroft – T34 100m, 800m
Aled Davies – F42 Discus
Sophie Hahn – T38 200m
Sophie Kamlish – T44 100m
Sammi Kinghorn – T53 100m
Jonnie Peacock – T44 100m
Stef Reid – T44 Long Jump
Richard Whitehead – T42 200m
Kare Adenegan – T34 100m
Toby Gold – T33 100m
Kare Adenegan – T34 800m
Kadeena Cox – T38 200m
David Henson – T42 200m
Maria Lyle – T35 200m
Gemma Prescott – F32 Club Throw
Andrew Small – T33 100m
Richard Whitehead – T42 100m