Sophie Hahn so close to world record at Anniversary Games

Sophie Hahn  was special guest at the Melton Times Sports Awards last month. Pictured with Sports Personality of the Year Paul Jacobs EMN-160727-142533002
Sophie Hahn was special guest at the Melton Times Sports Awards last month. Pictured with Sports Personality of the Year Paul Jacobs EMN-160727-142533002
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World champion sprinter Sophie Hahn warmed up for the Rio Paralympics with a blistering run at the Anniversary Games at London’s Olympic Park on Saturday.

The 19-year-old went close to breaking her own world record in winning the T38 100m at the star-studded event - which for many athletes was their final competitive action before Rio.

Hahn broke the meeting record in 12.66 seconds, just six hundredths of a second outside her current best mark, set at the world championship final in Qatar last autumn.

“I wanted to use this race as a practice, the crowd were amazing and it’s always a nice feeling to compete in front of a huge crowd,” she said. “I hope the crowds get behind us in Rio also, but the main thing is that I do my very best.

“I know it’s going to be really difficult to achieve, but I’m targeting two gold medals in Rio; one in the relay and in the individual 100m.”

Hahn will also represent Great Britain in the 200m and jets out for a pre-Games holding camp on August 23.