Hannah is the first world record breaker in the Olympic Stadium

Hannah Cockroft set the first world record in the Olympic Stadium in London
Hannah Cockroft set the first world record in the Olympic Stadium in London
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A Halifax woman has written her name into the history books after becoming the first to break a world record in the Olympic Stadium in London.

Wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft lit up the timing boards with a time of 18.56 in the T54 women’s 100m at the Visa London Disability Athletics Challenge earlier today.

The event is being staged as part of the testing programme for the games, which begin on July 27.

Twenty-year-old Hannah set the blistering time despite not even having a chance to warm up after the bus that was due to take the athletes to the stadium crashed

“A load of taxis were ordered and all the foreign athletes took them.

“We were supposed to set off at 7am, but we didn’t get on the road until 8.30am and because it was rush hour in London it took us two hours to get there.

“Call-up for the race was at 10.05am, so we missed that, missed warm-up and I just had to literally get in my chair and get on the track,” she said.

Best known as a sprinter over 100m and 200m, Hannah finished fourth in her second event of the day, the T54 women’s 400m.