Halifax’s ‘Hurricane Hannah’ Cockroft scoops gold in Rio with record time

Hannah Cockroft scoops gold in the 2016 Rio Paralympics. 
This image is copyright onEdition 2016�.
Hannah Cockroft scoops gold in the 2016 Rio Paralympics. This image is copyright onEdition 2016�.

There was more reason for celebration in Halifax over the weekend when wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft won her third Paralympic gold medal and first of the Rio Games at the Olympic Stadium.

Cockroft, from Mount Tabor and a former student of Trinity School, Holmfield, retained her 100m T34 title in a Paralympic record time of 17.42 seconds.

The 24-year-old’s medal came hot on the heels of Steve Bate’s gold in the men’s individual pursuit track cycling event last Thursday.

Hannah will next compete in the 400m T34 heats tomorrow at 3.50pm and the 400m T34 final at 9.40pm on Wednesday.

The 800m T34 final will be held on Friday at 10.15pm.

Wheelchair basketball player Harry Brown and wheelchair cyclist Karen Darke, both from Calderdale, are also competing in Rio.