21st May 2021
THREE WORLD RECORDS FALLS FOR HANNAH COCKROFT IN ARBON
There were two more world record for Hannah Cockroft (Jenni Banks, Leeds) as she lowered her T34 100m and 800m bests at the Swiss Nationals in Arbon.
The five-time Paralympic champion recorded the time of 1:50:30 in a solo effort to slice a few more hundredths off her previous best over 800m at the start of the day.
Her second outing of the day on the track was equally as fruitful as she took 0.20s off her previous world record with a time of 16.57 (1.0).
Sammi Kinghorn (Rodger Harkins, Red Star) continued her good start to the season with a time of 1:47.99 in the T53 800m finishing narrowly behind Catherine Debrunner (SUI) in second place.
She was back in great form in the 100m, 16:30 (-1.8) the time which is just 0.09 seconds off her PB. The 2017 world champion is rounding into excellent form in Paralympic year and won the race by a clear margin in Arbon.
Mel Woods (Rodger Harkins, Red Star) clocked her second lifetime best of the weekend as she lowered her T54 100m best to 17.59 (-1.5). Over the 800m, she clocked 1:56:92.
In a highly competitive T54 1500m race, Nathan Maguire (Ste Hoskins, Kirkby AC) was fifth in a close finish, posting a time of 1:34:67. American Daniel Romanchuk was the clear winner in 1:29.80 but positions second to fifth were separated by just less than a second.
He was back on the track for the 100m later in the afternoon, recording a time of 14:52 (1.1) for second behind Jamaan Alzahrani (KSA) in his heat.
In another T54 1500m race, David Weir (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy) clocked 1:35:97 with Dillon Labrooy (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy) closely following in 1:38:26.
In the men’s T53 100, Mo Jomni (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy) pushed to a time of 15:17 (1.0).
In the T31-34 800m, multiple European medallist Ben Rowlings (Coventry) won his heat in a time of 1:44:78. He returned with 16:15 in the 100m.
Hannah Cockroft (coach: Jenni Banks, club: Leeds City) broke her long-standing T34 200m world record at the Swiss Nationals event in Arbon.
Cockroft’s official 200m best has stood since 2015, and the time of 29.27 (-0.1) was the first time a female athlete has dipped under 30 seconds in the classification. The mark is subject to ratification.
The Leeds athlete returned to the track later in the day to post another quick time over 400m; 56.77 to win the women’s event.
Sammi Kinghorn (Rodger Harkins, Red Star) continued her excellent start to the 2021 campaign, posting a season best in the T53 400m and another solid time over 200m. In the latter, she clocked a time of 29.16 (-0.3) while in the one-lap event, she crossed the line in 55.17.
Mel Woods (Rodger Harkins) tops the UK rankings in the T54 1500m as she pushed to a personal best of 3:30.10. It was a solid day for the British Athletics Paralympic Futures Academy athlete as she also posted times of 30.94 and 1:02.67 in the 200m and 400m respectively.
In the men’s 1500m, David Weir (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy) was involved in a highly competitive heat as finished second behind Brent Lakatos in a time of 2:56.52, but ahead of Daniel Romanchuk and Marcel Hug.
Nathan Maguire (Ste Hoskins, Kirkby AC) had another strong race over 400m in the T54 race in Switzerland, this time finishing third in a high-quality heat in 48.20. Richard Chiassaro (Jenni Banks, Harlow) clocked 50.79 in the same race. Maguire returned from the 1500m in heat two clocking 3:00.23.
Dillon Labrooy (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy), also competing in the T54 races, posted times of 54.13 and 3:10.33 in the 400m and 1500m on day one in Arbon.
Elsewhere, in the T34 400m, Ben Rowlings (Coventry) recorded 54.72. In the men’s T53 200m, Mo Jomni (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy) was close to his PB in 26.80 (0.9), and later raced over 400m crossing the line in 58.39.