GB’s Cockroft wins seventh Paralympic gold

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Venue: Tokyo, Japan Dates: 24 August-5 September Time in Tokyo: BST +8
Coverage: Follow on Radio 5 Live and on the BBC Sport website

Hannah Cockroft won her seventh Paralympic gold medal as British team-mate Kare Adenegan took silver in the women’s T34 800m at Tokyo 2020.

Cockroft set a new Paralympic record of one minute 48.99 seconds in a dominant display, breaking her own previous Games best by almost 12 seconds.

It marked her second title in Tokyo, having broken her own world record to retain the 100m crown last Sunday.

Adenegan clocked a new personal best, finishing almost 11 seconds back.

It saw her upgrade on the bronze she won in the event in Rio five years ago, with American Alexa Halko taking third in Tokyo.

“I was a bit worried coming out – I had a bit of an accident in the warm-up, so my hand is not in great shape,” Cockroft told Channel 4.

“That put me off a little bit but apart from that, I was 0.1 of a second off a world record, so I’m so frustrated!

“I wasn’t thinking too much about the time; I just wanted to get round. I had no idea what Kare had to offer, Alexa is normally up there, so I knew I had to get out hard. So I just went for it.

“In my head, I always think that they are right behind me. I had a few slips on the home straight which probably lost me the time, but it’s not about the time when you get here.

“It’s all about the medal and I got the one that I wanted.”

More to follow.