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Young girl wheelchair racer is fifth fastest in the world

IN THE HOT SEAT: Kare Adenegan, 12, on the tracks in her hometown of Coventry

A TWELVE-YEAR-OLD girl with cerebral palsy has become the fifth fastest wheelchair sprinter in the world.

It is a special personal achievement for Kare Adenegan, from Coventry who is also ranked second in the UK behind Britain’s 21-year-old world record holder Hannah Cockroft.

When she was younger, Kare was not allowed to play sports at school because of her disability which left her frustrated.

But after being inspired by the 2012 Paralympics last year, Kare lobbied her parents into letting her join a disabled basketball academy, which she claims changed her life.

She said: “Hannah is my idol. She is a very inspiring person and I can relate to her. It’s great to know that I’m ranked second behind her.”

Kare currently trains two days a week with the Coventry Godiva Harriers Athletics Club, based at the University of Warwick Wheelchair Racing Academy while juggling her school work.

At her first training session in September 2012, Kare attempted the 100 metres and secured a personal best of 27 seconds – the 16th fastest time in the world.

Her 100m time of 20.7 seconds on August 24 at the Coventry Open, was so fast it would have secured her a bronze medal in the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Since then she has won numerous gold, silver and bronze medals and hopes to inspire people with her story.

She said: “I want to keep training and get faster and faster.

"Hannah’s personal best in the 100 metres is about 17.5-6 seconds and mine is 20.7, which is not too bad, so hopefully I can keep training hard and working at it.”

Her proud parents Bunmi and Karen are fully behind their daughter’s big dream – to compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janerio, in Brazil.

Kare added: “Sometimes disabled people think this isn’t for us, that’s just for them, [able bodied people] but they are not really trying [to break barriers].

“I want to be able to reach out and say to people you can have a go at this, you can’t just give up. I would like to support people and tell them that it’s possible and it’s something really simple to get into.”

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