Calderdale’s very own golden girl Hannah dominates 100m final

Great Britain's Hannah Cockroft celebrates winning Gold in the Women's 100m - T34 Final at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 31, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS Athletics. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire
Great Britain's Hannah Cockroft celebrates winning Gold in the Women's 100m - T34 Final at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 31, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS Athletics. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

Calderdale’s Hannah Cockroft blew away all competitors as she picked up the gold medal in the T34 100m final.

The golden 20-year-old, from Mount Tabor, was the world record holder and firm favourite going into the event.

She started well in lane seven and pulled clear of the rest of the field from around 50m cruising home in a new Paralympic record time of 18.06s - almost a second and a half ahead of Holland’s Amy Siemons.

It is Team GB’s first gold in the athletics and Hannah told Channel 4, broadcaster of the Paralympic Games, she didn’t know what to do as she crossed the line.

“I kind of was deciding whether to cry or laugh or what to do. It’s a little bit surreal when you’ve been dreaming about it for so long and then it just kind of happens in, what, 18 seconds?

“You’re kind of like, ‘I want to do it again. I can do it better.’ I’ve got it now. I can’t complain.”

Hannah had already broken the Paralympic record in qualifying for the heat and was fuull of confidence as she waited to race.

“On the start line I knew I’d beaten all these girls before. Looking at their times from the heats and their personal bests I was miles ahead of them.

“I knew deep down I could do it, but it’s always what happens on the day. When there’s so many people here supporting you they really, really do carry you along.”

She also revealed that she considers the 100m to be her weaker event and will race in her stronger discipline the 200m on Thursday.