Sophie Hahn claims IPC Grand Prix sprint double in Dubai

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Sprinting star Sophie Hahn made an early statement of intent for the season by claiming a golden double in Dubai last week.

The Brooksby Melton College student was in fine early season form at the opening IPC Grand Prix of the season and was unlucky not to come away with a second world record to her name.

The reigning world champion and record holder took the plaudits in the T38 100m on day two, finishing ahead of British teammate Olivia Breen in a time of 13.18secs.

Hahn returned to the track for the combined T37/T38 200m two days later, and only a strong tailwind denied her an official world record after a blistering performance.

There was clear daylight between the 18-year-old and her rivals as she crossed the line in a wind-assisted 27.20secs, smashing her personal best, and once again pushing Breen (28.93) into the runners-up spot.

Hahn, who is coached at Loughborough by Joe McDonnell, is a big British hope for medals at next year’s Paralympics in Rio, but her immediate focus is on the IPC World Athletics Championships in October.

She burst onto the scene at the worlds in France 18 months ago when she won T38 gold and silver over 100m and 200m respectively.