BREAKING: Sophie Hahn smashes world record to retain 100m world title

Hahn set her third 100m world record in London in June EMN-151021-125042002
Hahn set her third 100m world record in London in June EMN-151021-125042002
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Para-athlete Sophie Hahn annihilated her own world record by four-tenths of a second as she retained her T38 100m world title in Doha this afternoon.

The 18-year-old dominated the final on the opening day of the IPC Athletics World Championships in Qatar and led from gun to tape.

She crossed the line in an unbelievable 12.60 seconds to become the first T38 woman to officially break the 13-second barrier.

Her main rival Margarita Goncharova, of Russia, who had beaten Hahn three times at the European Championships last year, was blown away, finishing in third.

“I can’t believe what I’ve just done,” she said. “The Anniversary Games gave me confidence going into the worlds. I’m very happy.

“I’m going to have a rest and then I’ll be good to go for the 200m.”

The former Brooksby Melton College student is bidding for three gold medals. She goes in the 200m next Thursday and then the 4x100m relay which begins next Friday.