Cockroft, from Halifax, has now won medals at three consecutive Paralympic Games after racing clear of British team-mate Kare Adenegan in Tokyo
Paralympics GB star Hannah Cockroft beat her own world record on the way to claiming her sixth title across three different Games, gold in the women’s T34 100m final.
The 29-year-old headlined a British one-two on the track as she beat Kare Adenegan to the line in the fastest time ever recorded.
Her world-record time of 16.39 seconds secured Cockroft’s first gold at the Tokyo Paralympics, adding to the two she won at London 2012 and three more at the Rio Games.
Cockroft’s Paralympics prowess is obvious, and she was the one most likely to clinch gold again as the only racer in the field to boast a time of under 17 seconds this year.
But even she didn’t know she was capable of producing such a fast time on the way to gold at the Olympic Stadium.
“I honestly didn’t know that time was within me,” she said. “I knew that Kare was going to move out of the blocks, and I had to go with her as best I could.
“She just pulled a good time out of me. It has been coming, it has always been there hiding, it has just taken a few years to show its face.”
The Halifax racer’s victory was one of four gold medals claimed by British para-athletes in a brilliant start to day five of the Games.
Two of them were won by rowers, as Lauren Rowles and Laurence Whiteley defended their title in the PR2 mixed double sculls and the mixed four of James Fox, Ellen Buttrick, Ollie Stanhope and Giedre Rakauskaite, along with cox Erin Kennedy, finished more than 11 seconds clear of their US challengers in the PR3 classification.
Lauren Steadman won gold in the women’s PTS5 triathlon, finishing ahead of team-mate Claire Cashmore who will take home bronze.
George Peasgood added a silver medal to Paralympics GB’s collection after crossing the line second in the men’s triathlon.
Rio table tennis champion Will Bayley took the first set in the final, but could not defend the lead or his crown against China’s Yan Shuo who won 3-1, forcing the Strictly Come Dancing star to settle for silver.
Elliot Stewart and Chris Skelley are guaranteed a medal each later today in the men’s judo, as they take part in the 90kg and 100kg gold-medal matches respectively.
And the British wheelchair rugby team could add another gold to the collection if they beat the USA in the final.