Paralympics: Sophie Hahn to start quest for gold

McDonnell spent the first two years working to correct Sophie's balance - a major obstacle for athletes with cerebral palsy EMN-160825-102723002
McDonnell spent the first two years working to correct Sophie's balance - a major obstacle for athletes with cerebral palsy EMN-160825-102723002
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Two-time world champion sprinter Sophie Hahn will make her bid for Paralympic gold in Rio tomorrow (Friday).

The 19-year-old was unable to attend the opening ceremony for the global games as she was due at the track on the first day of competition.

Hahn will first have to negotiate heats for the T38 100m which are scheduled to get under way just after midnight tonight.

Should she get through, as expected, the former Brooksby Melton College student and world record holder will then line up in the final at 9.42pm on Friday.

With the expulsion of Russian athletes from the Paralympics, Hahn will be denied a chance to go head-to-head with her arch rival Maria Goncharova.

This leaves home favourite Veronica Hippolito, the former 100m world record holder, as her biggest threat to gold.

It will be Hahn’s first Paralympics, having only taken up athletics following the 2012 London games.