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Tokyo Paralympics: Hannah Cockroft wins seventh gold as para-canoeists Charlotte Henshaw and Laura Sugar also win

Hannah Cockroft (right) defended her title from Rio 2016 with Kare Adenegan (left) winning silver
Venue: Tokyo, Japan Dates: 24 August-5 September Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Hannah Cockroft won her seventh Paralympic gold medal with a dominant victory in the T34 800m – the first of three titles for Britain on day 11.

Cockroft set a new Paralympic record as British team-mate Kare Adenegan took silver, almost 11 seconds behind.

In another British one-two, Charlotte Henshaw won KL2 200m para-canoe gold, with Emma Wiggs clinching silver.

Another gold soon followed in para-canoe, with Laura Sugar becoming KL3 Paralympic champion.

Elsewhere, Zak Skinner missed out on a medal in the T13 long jump by an agonising two centimetres, knocked out of bronze position on the final jump by American Isaac Jean-Paul.

Dan Bethell is guaranteed at least a silver medal on para-badminton’s Paralympic debut, reaching the men’s SL3 singles final.

Cockroft defies warm-up accident to win gold

Victory secured 29-year-old Cockroft’s second title in Tokyo, after she broke her own world record to retain the 100m crown last Sunday.

Her new Paralympic record of one minute 48.99 seconds was almost 12 seconds inside her own previous Games best.

Adenegan clocked a new personal best of 1:59.85, meaning she upgraded on the bronze she won in the event in Rio five years ago.

American Alexa Halko took third in Tokyo, while Briton Fabienne Andre was fourth in a new personal best time.

“I was a bit worried coming out – I had a bit of an accident in the warm-up, so my hand is not in great shape,” Cockroft told Channel 4.

“That put me off a little bit but apart from that, I was 0.1 of a second off a world record, so I’m so frustrated!

“I wasn’t thinking too much about the time; I just wanted to get round. I had no idea what Kare had to offer, Alexa is normally up there, so I knew I had to get out hard. So I just went for it.

“In my head, I always think that they are right behind me. I had a few slips on the home straight which probably lost me the time, but it’s not about the time when you get here.

“It’s all about the medal and I got the one that I wanted.”

Adenegan, whose silver was her second of the Games, added: “I’m really pleased, and to go sub-two minutes as well, honestly I’m so happy.

“I take a lot of confidence from it. I’m really pleased I was able to perform when it counted.”

Sport switches pay off for Henshaw and Sugar

Charlotte Henshaw pumps her fist in celebration
Charlotte Henshaw retired from swimming in order to take up para-canoeing

As a swimmer, Henshaw won silver at London 2012 and bronze in Rio, but finally got the colour she wanted after switching to para-canoe.

The 34-year-old retired from the pool in 2017 in order to change sports, winning the KL2 World Championship title the following year – a title she retained in 2019.

In Tokyo, she faced tough competition from team-mate Wiggs, who won the Paralympic title in the event five years ago.

The pair looked set for gold and silver from the start of Saturday’s race, pulling away from the rest of the field early on before Henshaw then edged ahead, setting a new Paralympic best time of 50.76 seconds.

Wiggs, 41, won VL2 gold on Friday but had to settle for silver in her second final, finishing 0.649secs behind Henshaw.

A change of sport also paid off for Sugar, who competed in athletics in Rio.

She was spotted by para-canoe through the Talent ID process in 2018, and sealed Paralympic gold three years later in some style, clocking a Paralympic best of 49.582.

That was almost two seconds ahead of France’s Nelia Barbosa, who took silver.

Laura Sugar lifts her paddle in celebration
Laura Sugar’s gold was her first Paralympic medal of any colour

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