12 November 2019
Hahn dominates world field once again in Dubai
All that glitters is gold for Sophie Hahn after the Brit stole the show by beating her own world record in the T38 100m final to win her fourth straight World Para Athletics title.
Hahn has already accumulated a mantelpiece full of gold medals, trophies and records, but somehow, the Loughborough para-athlete Sophie can still surprise herself.
The 22-year-old sprinted home in 12.38 seconds – half a second quicker than her closest competitor – to make it four T38 100m world golds on the bounce.
The feat capped another impressive day for the Brits in which Richard Chiassaro and Vanessa Williams both won bronze in their respective finals.
“It was incredible. I did not expect to run that time,” said Hahn.
“I wanted to get a good start and maintain that form and drive towards the line. I wanted to win the gold, but I didn’t know if the world record was possible.”
“I’m so happy that all the work I have put in has paid off. It is just amazing, I cannot believe I have run that time. This medal is very special to me.”
Hahn finished half a second quicker than her closest competitor to clinch gold in Dubai
Earlier in the evening session, Chiassaro claimed bronze in the 400m final, stopping the clock in 47.58 seconds to earn a deserved place on the podium.
It’s been a tough year for Chiassaro with the athlete unable to train for large swathes due to illness, making the podium finish ever sweeter.
“I’m just happy to be here after everything I’ve been through,” said Chiassaro.
“To come out with a medal from it is good. There are some really fast guys in that race, anyone of them could have come out in the medal position, so I’m really pleased with third.
“It just shows I am still medal potential after issues last year. I went from setting European records to pulling out of Europeans with illness. I’m going to relish every minute on that podium.”
"I’m going to relish every minute on that podium”
Meanwhile, in the morning session, it was Williams who secured Great Britain’s first medal of day six by claiming bronze in the F34 shot put final with a new personal best of 7.66m.
For Wallace, the bronze is her first-ever World Championship medal after her 2018 European gold.
She said: I’m over the moon, oh my goodness it feels so good. We work really really hard, so it is good seeing it come through.
“I threw second, so it was tough because my biggest competitors were going after me, so I had to wait it out. But everyone was so encouraging out there. My heat strategies worked, and I did it!”
Elsewhere, Libby Clegg made an impressive return to the track after giving birth to her son earlier this year, finishing her T11 200m heat in second to progress to tomorrow’s semi-final.
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