From the Loughborough Echo:
Widmerpool’s Golden Girl Sophie Hahn stormed to a world-record breaking golden double at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai earlier this month.
The sprint ace produced one of the performances of the championships as she lowered her own world record yet again in the women’s 100m T38 to retain her crown and win her seventh major global international title.
And 24 hours later the Charnwood AC athlete delivered another spectacular display adding T38 200m gold to her 100m title in another world record time.
First up was the 100m where Hahn ran the perfect race, taking 0.05 seconds off the world record she lowered in Loughborough in May, clocking 12.38s (+1.0) to win by over half a second.
Not only made to wait in the final but until well into the Championships to begin her campaign, Sophie could barely have asked for more as she flew out of the blocks with her start setting her on the way to the quickest major international gold of her career.
Such was her dominance, she won by 0.51 ahead of Hungary’s Luca Ekler with Rhiannon Clarke (AUS) taking bronze in 12.94.
Sophie said: “It was incredible. I did not expect to run that time. I wanted to get a good start and maintain that form and drive towards the line. I wanted to win the gold but I didn’t know if the world record was possible.
“I’m so happy that all the work I have put in has paid off. It is just amazing, I cannot believe I have run that time. This medal is very special to me.”
The next day Hahn added T38 200m gold to her 100m title in world record time.
Hahn, took 0.01s off her own 200m record, getting out of the blocks well and maintaining her form in a fast and furious contest, clocking 25.92 (+1.2m/s).
The now seven-time world champion said: “That was absolutely incredible. I have no idea where that world record came from. I didn’t think I could run it for 200m so it’s really surprising. It’s been a perfect couple of days.”
“I got out hard I’ve been working a lot on coming off the bend fast. I’m glad the hard work has paid off. To match what I did in London is incredible.”