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Paralympian Kare Adenegan is leader of the track

ON A HIGH: Kare Adenugan

PARALYMPIAN KARE ADENEGAN is set to end the year a winner once again.

Record-breaking Adenegan has been nominated for the prestigious BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award with the winner to be announced at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards on Sunday (October 21).


It has been a sensational year in humble Adenegan’s career. She became T34 100m WPA European champion, winning her first gold medal in senior competition, and took silver in the T34 800m.

She also took the T34 100m world record at the London Anniversary Games - her time of 16.80 seconds meant she became the first female T34 athlete to go under 17 seconds over 100m.

In that Diamond League meet, she beat long-time rival Hannah Cockroft for the first time in a championship race. She revealed to the Voice of Sport that she took her- self by surprise when she set the world record on June 22.

The 17-year-old said after her special performance: “I don’t know where it came from but my coach has been pushing me so hard.
“I knew I was capable of something big – but I didn’t see that coming at all.”

The legendary Cockcroft was among a host of athletes eager to heap praise on the gifted sprint race teenager. Adenegan admitted that receiving plaudits from ‘Hurricane Hannah’ humbled her.
“It means a lot to get her praise,” she said.

She added: “It means a lot to do it alongside Hannah. “She is a huge inspiration to me so it is a special day. I was once watching her now I am racing against here. Amazing.”

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