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Richard Whitehead and Hannah Cockroft win World golds


Bladerunners battle to World golds

British athletes Richard Whitehead and Hannah Cockroft both won gold medals on day three of the Paralympic World Athletics Championships.

Whitehead, a double-leg amputee, set a T42 200m championship record of 25.88 seconds in Christchurch, New Zealand.

"I was the underdog and that is how I like it," he said. "The opportunity was there and I wanted to smash it."

Cockroft set a new Championship record of 18.98 seconds in the T34 100m to win her second gold and Britain's fifth.

Teenage wheelchair racer Cockroft, who won the T34 200m on the opening day of competition on Saturday, said: "I've continued to work hard on my start which is the weakest part of my race but I know that I've got the quickest top-end speed.

"I thought they'd be more on my tail, especially since my start is such work in progress, but I'm excited to win."

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius won the T44 200m final in 21.80 seconds, with Britain's Ian Jones coming home in seventh.

Great Britain's Ben Rushgrove, who has cerebral palsy, won silver in the T36 100m. His time of 12.25 seconds was a personal best for the Bath-based athlete, who also set a new European record in the process.

Hong Kong's world record holder and defending champion So Wa Wai took gold in 12.17 seconds, but Rushgrove said: "It went right down to the line because the guy has got such a great start.

"Maybe the pressure got to me a bit, but that's what major championships are all about; there's no greater occasion."

Fellow Brit Graeme Ballard finished fifth in 12.57.

The women's T35-38 4x100m relay team of Hazel Robson, Bethy Woodward, Katrina Hart and Jenny McLoughlin, finished in 58.33 seconds to earn a bronze.

McLoughlin, who fell in the T36 200m individual race on Sunday, said: "I was desperate to get back out there and do well for the team; I'm pleased with that and it's given me great confidence going into the 100m."

In the women's F44/46 long jump, Stef Reid was pushed down into the bronze medal position when Russia's Nikol Rodomakina produced a stunning leap of 5.67m in the final round.

Reid, whose best jump was 4.98m, said: "I'm ashamed I lost it.

"The long jump is such a technical event and when I needed to be more technical I just couldn't find it, but there are positives. I'm proud of my second-round jump."

Bev Jones, who won F37 discuss silver on Sunday, threw 9.89m to finish fifth in the F37 shot putt, while international newcomer Kieran Tscherniawsky, 19, finished seventh in the men's F32/33/34 discus final with a best effort of 27.52m.

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