Hannah holds on to her two gold medals

Hannah Cockroft

Hannah Cockroft

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Halifax’s Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft proved to be the hot favourite to win the T34 100m final at the IPC World Athletics Championships in Lyon – successfully securing a win seconds ahead of her competitors.

The 20-year-old was in a class of her own with a championship record of 17.88 seconds, winning by one and a half seconds.

Race runner up was Amy Siemons of the Netherlands (19.15) and Rosemary Little of Australia who came out in third place with a time of 19.93 seconds.

Interestingly it was the same top three at the 200m race – but Halifax’s Hannah came out in first place once again.

That race saw Hannah win with a time of 31.78 seconds – another championship record, successfully reclaiming the title she won in New Zealand two years ago.

Little was runner up (33.73) and Siemons finished third. (34.54)

One of the stars of the London Paralympic 2012 Games when she returned to Calderdale with two gold medals, Hannah has a best time over the distance this season that is almost four seconds faster than her rivals.