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Statement from Leeds City Council Leader Cllr Judith Blake regarding second gold medal at Rio Paralympics for Hannah Cockroft

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The Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake said:

“We would like to offer our massive congratulations once again to Hannah, who this evening in setting a new world record time claimed her second gold medal in Rio, this time in the 400m T34.

“Hannah is a truly outstanding athlete and role model and we are as a city immensely proud of her achievements.

“There is of course one more event to go for Hannah, and we wish her the very best as she aims for a third gold medal in Rio which is simply amazing.”

Hannah Lucy Cockroft MBE is a British wheelchair racer specialising in sprint distances in the T34 classification. She holds the Paralympic and world records for the 100 metres, 200 metres and 400 metres in her classification. Competing for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, she won two gold medals.

She was awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Calderdale on 13 September 2012. Cockroft was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours List for services to athletics. In 2014 Cockcroft was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Bradford. In 2016 Cockcroft was awarded an honorary degree by York St John University.