‘Hurricane Hannah’, ‘Paralympics Bolt’ Win More Gold As Pandemic Games Lauded

September 4, 2021
Sports
Hannah Cockroft

Hannah Cockroft and Nick Mayhugh enjoyed yet more golden success on the athletics track as the successful staging of the Games was lauded as “remarkable” on Saturday’s penultimate day of Paralympics action in Tokyo.

Britain’s Cockroft won her seventh Paralympics gold while American Mayhugh said he wanted to be the “Usain Bolt of the Paralympics” after claiming his third Tokyo gold.

“Hurricane Hannah” clocked 1min 48.99sec in the T34 800m, obliterating her own Paralympic Games record set in Rio by almost 12 seconds.

Hannah Cockroft

“I don’t think it will ever sink in,” Cockroft said of winning her second Tokyo gold to go with her three golds won at Rio 2016 and two from London 2012.

“Not many athletes get the privilege of doing this for 10 years or get to stand on the podium that many times.”

Mayhugh smashed his own world record, set only the day before, to take gold in the men’s T37 200m in 21.91sec.

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