There was double delight for ParalympicsGB in Tokyo on Saturday night as Thomas Young and Sophie Hahn stormed to success in the T38 100metre finals
Thomas Young and Sophie Hahn both ensured ParalympicsGB enjoyed a golden night on the track by winning gold in their respective T38 100metre finals on Saturday.
Young, whose idol was Jamaican legend Usain Bolt growing up, produced a spectacular win in the men’s event as he stunned fastest qualifier Zhu Dening of China by setting a personal best of 10.94 seconds.
Then to put ParalympicsGB in dreamland even more, Hahn clinched a gold of her own inside Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium on Saturday night.
The defending champion had equalled her own world record of 12.38s in the heats and was once again too good in the showpiece final at the Paralympics.
Hahn, who has cerebral palsy, recorded a time of 12.43s after holding off the threat from Colombia’s Darian Faisury Jimenez Sanchez.
And after her moment of magic, Hahn admitted that is the hardest she has ever been pushed in the event.
“The build up was quite tough with all the expectation but I tried to stay calm and focused,” said Hahn.
“That’s definitely that hardest I’ve ever been pushed. She was hot on my heels and I really thought it would be a photo finish but to see my name was absolutely incredible.
“I saw Thomas and that really spurred me on. That’s an incredible time to go and I’m so pleased for him.”
Young, meanwhile, suffers from neurofibromatosis – which was diagnosed shortly after the London Games in 2012.
It is a genetic disorder of the nervous system which affects Young’s coordination.
He picked a fantastic moment to dip below the 11-second mark for the first time in his fledgling career, significantly bettering his qualifying time of 11.22 to usurp title favourite Zhu, with Australian Evan O’Hanlon third.
“It’s the best feeling in the world. The time is a bonus, I just wanted to win but having that personal best just makes it even better,” said Young.
“I wanted to be a dominant force in this sport, I know Paris (2024) is next but I’m already thinking about Brisbane (2028). Any kid growing up in this sport was inspired by Usain Bolt and he’s got three golds and I’d like that too.”