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Hannah Cockroft from Halifax strikes gold at the Paralympics

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 October 2012 | UPDATED: 21:37 18 April 2016

Hannah’s golden smile. Photograph Alamy

Hannah’s golden smile. Photograph Alamy

She stormed to victory at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Hannah Cockroft, 20, from Halifax, took gold in the women's T34100m wheelchair race in a new Paraylmpics record time of 18.06 seconds.

Hannah Cockroft flies home to win her first gold medal in the T34 100m wheelchair race in a new Paralympics record. Photographs AlamyHannah Cockroft flies home to win her first gold medal in the T34 100m wheelchair race in a new Paralympics record. Photographs Alamy

She stormed to victory at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Hannah Cockroft, 20, from Halifax, took gold in the women’s T34100m wheelchair race in a new Paraylmpics record time of 18.06 seconds.

It was the fourth gold for GB and the second of day two of the Games. But there was more to come from Hannah, who has cerebral palsy. She flew like the wind in the T34 200m to win her second gold medal and in another Paralympics record of 31.90 seconds.

It wasn’t that long ago that Hannah, who blogs for the Yorkshire Life website, travelled down to the Olympic Park as an 18-year-old medal hopeful. She was already a triple world record holder and trained almost continuously.

She scanned the building work from a nearby terrace overlooking the Olympic Park and her face became wreathed in smiles. ‘It’s tremendously exciting. I want to be here. It will be worth all the hard work.’ And it was.
With her at the time was Nicola Adams, a boxer from Leeds who was to win the first gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games for women’s boxing.

Hannah Cockroft flies home to win her first gold medal in the T34 100m wheelchair race in a new Paralympics record. Photographs AlamyHannah Cockroft flies home to win her first gold medal in the T34 100m wheelchair race in a new Paralympics record. Photographs Alamy

She made her first visit to the Olympic Park along side Hannah after returning from the Women’s World Boxing Championship with a silver medal and was confident of winning a place on the podium in 2012. She couldn’t help smiling either as she took in the site of the Games. Her confidence paid off.

What will Hannah do with her gold medals? ‘I don’t know,’ she said. ‘My mum will want to put them away in a glass case. But I want everyone to see them, touch them.’ She added: ‘I love representing my country. I wish it could go on forever.’

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