17 August 2019
Hahn ready to take on the world after Birmingham victory
Reigning T38 100m Paralympic and World champion Sophie Hahn continued her impressive form this season with victory at the Muller Grand Prix in Birmingham.
The 22-year-old streaked to the finish line in a time of 12.67s ahead of Olivia Breen in 13.28s and Kadeena Cox, who came home third in a season’s best 13.52s.
Hahn already has a world record under her belt this season, shaving 0.01 seconds off her own best at the Loughborough International back in May, and has been reaping the rewards of training under a new coach in Leon Baptiste.
Hahn has been in imperious form in the run up to the World Championships later this year and faces the prospect of collecting a fourth world title in November in her preferred discipline, the T38 100m.
“I’m happy with the time because I only raced on Wednesday. I just want to keep on training hard,” she said.
“It was a little bit windy, but I’m happy with the performance.
“I’m very excited for the World Championships. I know the track well because they have the Dubai Grand Prix there. It’s warm, it’s a fast track and I always like competing there.”
Cox, who is herself a Paralympic gold medallist in the T38 400m, trailed by almost a full second but will take encouragement from a podium finish as she goes in search of retaining her world 400m title.
Meanwhile, Thomas Young took glory in the T35-38 men’s 100m at the Alexander Stadium, cutting the tape at a wind-assisted time of 11.37.
The double European champion, ranked third in the world, came home 0.47 quicker than Rhys Jones in second and Ross Paterson, who set a new personal best with 12.02.
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