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T34 sprinter Kare Adenegan on her recent bronze medal

PLAN: Kare Adenegan, centre

KARE ADENEGAN wasn’t best pleased with the second of her World Championship medals at the London Stadium where she picked-up a bronze in the in the T34 800m claiming she should have at least nicked the silver.

Showing all the hallmarks of a championship performer Adenegan, 16, was frustrated by the fact she didn’t leave enough in the tank to sustain her challenge for second spot in a race that was won by her team mate and compatriot Hannah Cockroft.

The ‘Hurricane’, as Cockcroft is affectionately known by her fans, even admitted afterwards that she was a bit taken aback by the sprightly start by Adenegan.

“The good thing about the 800m is that you see a different race every time,” said Cockroft.

“My plan is always to go out to the front and lead it; I don’t like to depend on another girl, but Kare did take it out tonight which was different.

“I didn’t really have a plan going out there though, it was more a case to ‘play it by ear’ and produce the best performance I could. I haven’t really raced against Alexa [Halko] this year; I’ve raced against Kare once, so I genuinely had no idea what the plan was.”

GUTTED

Adenegan crossed the line in 2:05.76 whilst Carly Tait (Banks) completed her first world 800m final in fourth, recording a time of 2:21.61.

Speaking afterwards, Adenegan said:

“I’m kind of gutted I didn’t get the silver – I knew I could have got it but I messed up a few things, but I’m young and still learning.

“I watch how Hannah races and learn each time – hopefully next time around it’ll come together better. The crowd were amazing; they gave me a big cheer and the encouragement was fantastic. It’s another international medal, but it’s bittersweet as I knew I could get the silver.”

Earlier in the competition Adenegan was a little happier with her silver medal won in the T43 100m final. She enthused:

“I am happy with my start and after that I just wanted to keep going, to hold on to the speed.

“It was a quick finish. I am still quite young, have things to work on so I am happy for the result. Five years ago, I was here as a spectator watching Hannah as my idol, that inspired me a lot. It feels so
good to compete here but it was also difficult.”

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