Paralympics 2012 :Hannah Cockroft brings 104th medal to GB
Great Britain surpassed their 103 medal target as Hannah Cockroft won gold in the T34 200m games. Earlier in the game David Weir won a tense T54 800m – his third gold of the Games – before Johny Peacock ran the fastest T44 100m in Paralympic history.
Before Cockrofts triumph, a silver medal for Heather Frederiksen in the pool had taken the GB tally to 103 medals – one more added to the haul from the team in Beijing.
On the achievement made by the British team, Liz Nicholl, the Chief Executive Support of the UK Sport said, “To win at least 103 medals is a fantastic achievement particularly when you consider Paralympic sport is becoming hugely competitive with more nations investing significant resources in success”.
The most fascinating moment of the game was when teenage world record holder Peacock, who lost his right leg below the knee after contracting Meningcoccal Septicaemia at the age of five, created shocks when he won a 100 m field game which included South African Pistorius – the face of the Games.
Praising Hannah on her achievement, Cockroft said, “We have had a great day. Hannah opened up the evening with a gold straight away and I knew David was going to win. It was just unreal.”
Nicknamed the hurricane, Cockroft blew her rivals away finishing in 31.90 seconds, more then two seconds clear of Dutch Duo Amy Seimons and Desiree Vranken.
Going into the details of the medals tally, the equestrian squad won11 medals to beat predictions of 8-10, while the cyclists have 20 medals so far against a target of 15-23, adding up to 19 medals In athletics.
Despite their record medal haul, Great Britain faces a battle to repeat their second place finish in the medal table In Beijing. They are in a close battle with Russia to be runners up behind China.