The British team were back in the medals on day six of the World Para Athletics Championships as Maria Lyle and Sammi Kinghorn won bronze medals in the T35 100m and the T53 400m respectively..
Lyle backed her 200m bronze with a lightning start and put herself in podium contention from the outset. Reigning Paralympic Champion Xia Zhou of China powered into a lead within 30m, though, only to be beaten in the final few strides by Isis Holt of Australia reversing the gold-silver positions from Rio and breaking the world record. Lyle, third in Rio, kept her head and her form to motor in for bronze in 14.45. Lyle's participation in the championships had been in doubt due to an inflammation. She admitted, "It was only this week that I was able to run again, last week I couldn’t run at all, I could hardly walk. So it’s been a really good turn-around as I was preparing myself not to be able to run. I managed to finish both races and get a medal and I couldn't ask for more”.
It was another golden day in London for the British team competing in the World Para-Athletics Championships. In the morning, Olivia Breen took gold in the T38 long jump, then the evening saw Sophie Kamlish triumph in the T44 100m and Hannah Cockroft add to her tally of global titles in the T34 800m. There were also bronze medals for Kare Adenegan and Richard Whitehead.
Breen dominated proceedings in emphatic style, opening up with 4.61m before sailing out to 4.72m in round three, a personal best at that point by 2cm. With thoughts of the runway in Rio (and a 12th place finish) long banished, and with the backing track of thousands of screaming schoolchildren, round four saw a huge leap of 4.81m, a jump which distanced her from the rest of the field with two rounds to spare and all but secure the win.
Jonnie Peacock and Aled Davies won gold on day 3 of the World Para-Athletics Championships in London. It was another electric atmosphere in the stadium as Peacock came close to the world record in the T44 100m heats, and went on to claim back his world title in the final. In the morning session Davies added a third F42 discus world championship gold.
Jonnie did not have it all his own way in the final. He struggled out of the blocks, saying later, “I was feeling some serious cramp in warm up [prior to the final] – my hamstring was going which I why I kept stretching out. I’m just thankful that I finished the race."
Aled won his gold with a second round throw of 51.54m, a championship record, in a consistent series holding off all challengers. However, there was disappointment for team co-captain Dan Greaves in the F44 discus, who missed out ont he medals, finishing fourth.
Richard Whitehead, Sophie Hahn, Hollie Arnold and Sammi Kinghorn added to Stef Reid's gold from the morning session to make it a Super Saturday for the British team at the World Para-Athletics Championships in London. A silver and three bronze medals added to the tally in the evening session in front of loud and proud British crowd, making it one of the most memorable World Championship sessions.
Richard won the T42 200m in 23.26s, a championship record, to take his fourth world title. After the win, he admitted, "I said to myself the same as in 2012. I said ‘don’t mess this up’." From lane two, medallist David Henson finished like a train to eat up the ground on the rest of the field, claiming another superb bronze medal on the global stage to add to his Paralympic bronze and European silver over the same distance with a posting of 24.73.
Back in the stadium where she made her name back in 2012, Hannah Cockroft stormed to victory for an eighth world championship gold in a world record time of 17.18s in the T34 100m. Behind Cockroft on the first night of London's World Para-Athletics Championships was 16-year-old Kare Adenegan who led the way from the start before Hannah overhauled her. Kare took silver, and Carly Tait finished fifth.
The F32 and F51 Club Throw saw mixed fortunes for the quartet of Britons involved. Competing in the F32 class, Gemma Prescott and Abbie Hunnisett faced stiff competition in a stacked field, while the F51 class featured Jo Butterfield and Kylie Grimes.In the F32 event, Prescott – a two-time Paralympic bronze medallist in the event - grew stronger with every throw in her first series to earn her another bronze. In the F51 Club, reigning champion Jo Butterfield’s mark of 22.54m saw her sat in bronze territory for the bulk of the competition, only for the USA’s Rachel Morrison to throw out to 22.92m with her sixth and final throw to snatch the podium place away. Grimes finished in fifth.