12 June, 2018

Hannah Cockroft’s top five moments at the London Stadium

Hannah Cockroft will return to the London Stadium next month to compete in the Müller Anniversary Games (21-22 July) with fond memories from her previous visits to the stadium.

Here are just five of the British Para athlete’s top moments at the London Stadium:

Becoming the most decorated British para athlete at last year’s World Para Athletics Championships, winning her 10th world gold.

Aged just 24, Cockroft became Great Britain’s most successful athlete in the history of the World Para Athletics Championships with victory in the London Stadium last summer. The wheelchair racer was victorious in the 400m T34 to claim her 10th world gold.

Her third and final gold of London 2017 also saw Cockroft maintain her perfect record at World Championships, adding to her seven gold medals from Doha, Lyon and Christchurch, dating back to 2011.

Setting a world record on her way to T34 100m gold at last year’s World Championships

Cockroft gave the home crowd plenty to shout about on the first day of last year's World Para Athletics Championships, lowering her own 100m world record en-route to winning gold in a time of 17.18 seconds.

She took 0.07 seconds off the world record she had posted just a few weeks before the championships in Newham, once again showing the fast nature of the London Stadium track.

Breakthrough moment in 2012 – winning gold on Thriller Thursday

In a dramatic evening in the London Stadium, Cockroft was one of three British athletes to win gold medals in a golden two-hour spell for Great Britain and Northern Ireland; the others being Jonnie Peacock and the legendary David Weir.

At 20-years-old, she announced herself to the world by doubling up at London 2012, adding gold in the T34 200m to her victory over the 100m with a new Paralympic record at the time of 31.90 seconds.

Returning to the stadium in 2013 for the Anniversary Games – one year on from Paralympic Games success

Twelve months after her London 2012 success, Cockroft was back lighting up the London Stadium track – this time in the 2013 Anniversary Games.

The wheelchair racer won the 100m T33/T34 race with a stadium record (at the time) of 17.80 seconds to ensure it was a successful return to the London track in the first instalment of the legacy event.

Achieving her first Paralympic gold in the T34 100m

Cockroft won her first Paralympic gold medal by winning the final of the T34 100m in a Paralympic record time of 18.05 seconds.

She burst clear after 60m to take the title and to win Great Britain & Northern Ireland’s first track and field gold medal of London 2012, bringing her adoration from the British public as the nation rode a wave of Olympic and Paralympic fever.

See the biggest stars at the Müller Anniversary Games on 21-22 July; for tickets visit: https://www.britishathletics.org.uk/events-and-tickets/muller-anniversary-games-2018/