Hannah Cockroft and Kayleigh Haggo smash records in Coventry

Dubai 2019 world champions show top form in Great Britain ahead of the European Championships and Paralympic Games 26 Apr 2021
A female athlete competing in a wheelchair race in a blue track
Hanna Cockroft broke the women's 400m and 800m T34 world record competing on home soil
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By British Athletics and World Para Athletics

Dubai 2019 world champions Hannah Cockroft and Kayleigh Haggo showed their best form over the weekend competing in home soil at the Coventry Spring Meet, which opened the national Para athletics season in Great Britain.

Five-time Paralympic champion Cockroft improved two of her own world records in the T34 class, subject to ratification from World Para Athletics, following superb performances over the 400m and 800m.

On Saturday (24 April), she powered to an excellent time of 55.29 in the 400m, improving her previous world record which stood at 57.48. In the same race, Kare Adenegan improved her personal best (PB) to 1:00.06.

Cockroft returned on Sunday (25) and produced another excellent display to stop the clock at 1:55.54 over 800m. The reigning Paralympic champion showed her quality as she sliced 0.19 seconds off the previous mark.

The multiple global champion also clocked 17.44 for 100m and 31.25 in the 200m over the weekend.

Another athlete in world record form was race running world champion, Kayleigh Haggo. Competing over the 400m, the Scottish athlete set an RR2 world best of 1:21.31.

Elsewhere, the women's shot put F34 Worlds bronze medallist Vanessa Wallace threw over eight metres for the first time in her career, her effort coming in at 8.09m.

The European champion’s PB had stood at 7.66m before the competition in Coventry, so it was a significant improvement from the Enfield and Haringey athlete.

Another shot putter to show their best form was F12 athlete, Lydia Church who threw a PB of 12.62m.

In the men's long jump T38, Nottwil 2019 world junior champion Barney Corrall jumped his second PB of the season as his mark measured at 5.59m. 

The Coventry Spring Meet also counted with able-bodied guest athletes in the 400m races, including several athletes who will be competing at the World Athletics Relays in Poland in May.