Five days into the World Para-athletics Championships and Great Britain continue to impress in London. The hosts currently have 20 medals 11 of which are gold with only China and the United States having a better record.
Day four saw an additional three goals added to the tally with wheelchair cyclist Hannah Cockroft still hoping to complete the treble-treble. Competing in the category for athletes who have cerebral palsy, she remains undefeated in major competition, an astonishing record.
After winning gold in the 100m and 800m T34, she now has her eyes firmly set on the 400m T34 race. If she is victorious in this then she will replicate the trebles she achieved at the 2015 World Championships and 2016 Paralympics achieving a unique treble-treble.
Jonnie Peacock triumphs
It is not just Hannah Cockroft who is taking these games by storm as perhaps Britain’s most recognisable para-athlete, Jonnie Peacock has also taken the Championships by storm. Despite suffering from cramp in the warm up the 24-year-old still achieved a gold medal in the T44 100m final finishing with an impressive time of 10.75 seconds clinching his second world title.
Also, a double Paralympic champion Jonnie suffered from meningitis as a child and had to have his right leg amputated but he has not let this stop him from becoming a global star. Rising to fame at the 2012 London Paralympics he is now one of the sport’s most famous faces.
Richard Whitehead has no plans of retiring
Going into this year’s World-Para Athletic Championships Richard Whitehead had made winning the 100m a priority but sadly could only muster a bronze describing his performance as ‘rubbish.’ However, he did not let the poor performance faze him and still went on to achieve gold in the 200m T42 race a big achievement for a 41-year-old.
Many people had wondered whether this Championship would be Richard’s left given he is at retirement age for a typical athlete, but he is has ruled this out stating his intentions to compete at the Paralympic games in Tokyo in 2020. He has also been vocal about his opinions on the International Paralympic Committee removing T42 100m from the games schedule.
He said: “The IPC is trying to shrink the programme. For me, it’s about performance, inclusion, and offering opportunities for performance, not actually restricting the programme. It’s a backwards step for the IPC. Hopefully, they will do a U-turn on that decision.”
The World-Paralympic Athletics Championship concludes on Sunday with plenty of medal opportunities still on offer for Great Britain as they hope to beat their 2015 medal count of 31.
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