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Cockroft excited to perform for British crowd

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Hurricane Hannah Cockroft is excited to perform in front of a ‘passionate’ British crowd at the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017.

The T34 wheelchair racer will return to the track for the 100m, 400m and 800m between July 14-23.

Cockroft won three gold medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympics in the aforementioned events and she’s thrilled to be back at London Stadium, where she enthralled the country with her outstanding performances at the 2012 Paralympic Games.

“I’m so excited to get back in front of a British crowd, they are so passionate about Para sport, they always come out for us; they always fill the stands, they always cheer for us. 

“They know our names and we get that nowhere else in the world so thank you Britain because we love racing for you.”

Despite dominating the field in recent years, Cockroft is taking nothing for granted as she defends the world titles she won in Doha two years ago.

“The competition’s getting harder year upon year, for every race there’s someone new who’s bringing out something new. Already this year things have happened - my 800m world record has been broken by Alexa Halko of the USA.”

“Kare Adenegan’s dipped under 18 seconds for the first time, the only other girl in my class to have done that,” she added.

The 24-year-old has issued a word of warning to anyone believing she’ll win the treble at a canter.

“The girls are getting quicker and my motivation all the time is to make sure I remain ahead. 

“People complain I don’t have enough competition but you don’t know what happens behind the scenes, you have no idea what’s happening in the rest of the world - trust me, there’s competition.”

Discounted tickets are available here.