RaceRunning has made its competitive debut at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin this month and Great Britain and Northern Ireland have new European RaceRunning Champions for both men and women.
Women’s 100m RR2/3
After both setting world records in their classes in the morning’s heats, it was expected to be a competitive final and it certainly lived up to the billing. Hannah Dines (Red Star) was pushed all the way to the line by teammate Kayleigh Haggo (Red Star, Janice Eaglesham) and stopped the clock in 19.00 (-0.7) – 0.13 seconds outside the world record she had set in the heats, to beat her teammate and both secured their place on the podium.
Newly crowned European champion, Hanah said the competition from her teammate only makes the pair stronger: “Having the opportunity to compete on the world stage is incredibly important and I am delighted to be given the opportunity and win gold.
“I think I am going to have to train pretty hard to stop Kayleigh grabbing that off me,” Hannah added.
Silver medallist Kayleigh, who set a time of 19.46 said: I can’t put into words how much I enjoyed it. I went out there to have fun and I certainly did that. Hannah and I train together so it’s really good having each other to push one another. When I am racing her, I just love it and I love trying to catch her and trying to keep up.”
Men’s RR2/RR3 100m Final
The next race on the track also saw a British one-two as Gavin Drysdale (Red Star, Janice Eaglesham) raced to victory in the men’s RR3/2 1oom Final with Rafi Solaiman (Sheffield & Dearne) taking the silver medal and Lassi Kromann from Denmark (RR2) placing third. Gavin and Rafi’s times were 17.37 (-1.0) and 19.33 respectively.
Gavin Drysdale from Scotland, had an impressive start which set the tone for the rest of the contest. He surged to the gold medal with his teammate Rafi battling hard to secure his first international medal for the GB & NI team.
Gavin said: “I felt like I had already won a gold medal just by being here so to win a real one is absolutely incredible. It means the absolute world to me to be competing here in Berlin, I still can’t believe we are actually here, I am usually cheering everyone from my TV screen at home and now I am on the other side having just competed.
“Race running is one of the very few sports I can do independently so to be given this opportunity to come and compete at a European Championships and something which I can participate in independently and, more importantly, something I love has just been totally surreal.”
Rafi who is bringing home his first WPA Silver medal added: “It feels great to be a silver medallist – I can’t believe it. I came here to medal, and I have done it. It was absolutely exhilarating. From the minute the gun went off, I was in the zone and it was good.”
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