Hannah Cockroft set a new world record to win gold in the women's T34 100m at the Paralympic Games. Image provided by Alamy / PA.
Loughborough’s fine Paralympic Games continued in style on day five of the competition with a further three medals won by its inspirational athletes.
In the T34 100m, Hannah Cockroft set a new world record to win her third consecutive title, adding yet another gold to her incredible Paralympic medal haul.
The 29-year-old beat her own record to win in 16.39 seconds to claim her sixth Paralympic gold.
Following her gold medal win, Cockroft spoke to Channel 4:
"This last 18 months has been so weird and so, so hard. I just wish the stadium had been full to witness that.
"It's so special. It just feels like a massive, massive relief. We didn't know if we'd be here in Tokyo. I was so nervous. I did everything I could and thankfully it was enough.”
There was further success for Loughborough in the triathlon as College graduate George Peasgood won silver in the men’s PTS5.
Leading in the swim leg of the race, Peasgood was eventually caught by Rio 2016 champion Martin Schulz but held on for a well-deserved podium finish at his first Games.
In the women’s PTS5, Claire Cashmore claimed a defiant bronze despite receiving a one-minute penalty. The 2019 World Champion held her nerve to win her ninth Paralympic medal following a glittering career.
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