13 November 2019
Hahn doubles up in Dubai
Sophie Hahn stamped her dominance on the world field by securing her second gold medal of the World Para Athletics Championships.
After winning the 100m title in a world record time, the Paralympic champion came back to the track and sealed the T38 200m title in style in Dubai.
The 22-year-old lowered her own world record as she crossed the line in 25.92 seconds – over half a second ahead of her nearest competitor.
Hahn, who is also the reigning European champion, was joined on the podium by Hungary’s Luca Ekler and Australia’s Rhiannon Clarke while compatriot Kadeena Cox ran a season’s best time to finish sixth.
Despite dominating the field, even the seven-time world champion was blown away by her own performance having not run the distance for more than a year.
“That was absolutely incredible. I have no idea where that world record came from. I didn’t think I could run it for 200m so it’s really surprising. It’s been a perfect couple of days,” Hahn said.
“I got out hard I’ve been working a lot on coming off the bend fast. I’m glad the hard work has paid off. To match what I did in London is incredible.
“It’s a special moment and I’m absolutely delighted. I want to thank my coach Leon Baptiste and my strength and conditioning coach, Sam Heathcote who have helped me to get in this position.”
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