Hannah qualifies for final with a record time!

Great Britain's Hannah Cockcroft (left) in action during the Women's 100m (T34) at the Olympic Stadium in the Olympic Park. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 31, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS Athletics. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Great Britain's Hannah Cockcroft (left) in action during the Women's 100m (T34) at the Olympic Stadium in the Olympic Park. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 31, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS Athletics. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Calderdale’s Hannah Cockroft is well on her way to her quest for gold - qualifying for the final with a new Paralympic Record.

The 20-year-old wheelchair ace stormed past her competitors to win her 100m heat this afternoon.

She eased off the speed at 80m, coasting over the finish line and still managing to scoop a Paralympic record with 18.24s.

Hannah - who is the current world record holder - is the red hot favourite with the bookmakers to win gold both tonight, and next Thursday when she races in the T34 200m.

Speaking after the race she said: “I’ve never competed in front of as many people. The noise was a bit mind-blowing at the start line, but I’m happy with that - it’s cool.”

She said she is hopeful for a gold tonight, adding: “I’m in the best shape of my life, hitting good speeds. I if can win it I will be a very, very happy girl.”