Sophie Hahn is using her three European Championship silver medals as inspiration to go one better at the IPC World Championships in Doha.
The 17-year-old sprinter, who has cerebral palsy, followed up gold and silver on her international debut in Lyon in 2013 with 100m, 400m and 4x100m silver in Swansea last summer.
But by her own high standards the Charnwood AC athlete was disappointed not to add European gold and is determined to make sure she’s better equipped and focused come October’s trip to the Middle East.
Hahn, who is studying equine management at Brooksby Melton College, said: “My target this year is to go under 13 seconds and win gold in Doha, which I know is going to be difficult, but I’m working really hard, keeping a low profile and looking to deliver on the day.”
Hahn finds herself in one of the most competitive classes in para-athletics. Russia’s Margarita Goncharova is her main rival along with Brazil’s world champion Veronica Hipolito.
Goncharova pipped Hahn to gold three times at the IPC European Championships and also broke the teenager’s T38 100m world record in May. But displaying typical grit and determination, Hahn snatched it back just 24 hours later in Loughborough, clocking 13.04.
She added: “They’re fantastic athletes and I respect them greatly but it would mean the absolute world to beat them. It’s not going to be easy, but the competition is good for the sport and for the people coming to watch too.
“I feel pressure going into the World Championships because Lyon was so fantastic. I would love it to happen again, but I know to do that is going to be a real challenge, but one I’m ready for.”