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Tokyo 2020: Hannah Crockford wins seventh gold

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Hannah Crockroft has won her seventh Paralympic gold medal in the T34 800 on day 11 of the games in Tokyo.

Her teammate Kare Adenegan took silver for GB passing the finish line just 11 seconds behind.

The 29-year-old broke her own world record last Sunday in the 100m at one minute 48.99 seconds, almost 12 seconds inside her previous personal best.

"I'm absolutely gutted," Crockford teased. "I was so close to that world record, I couldn't have got closer if I'd tried.

"I'm really happy with gold but I'm obviously a bit frustrated I couldn't quite squeeze under that time.

"I did that time in Switzerland on the fastest track in the world so to come here and replicate it, I've got to be proud."

Practising for the games Hannah was involved in a minor accident, which luckily did not cost her a place in the heats.

"I put my hand through the wheel while the chair was moving," she said. "I've never ever done that but I decided to do it today. It was pretty bloody but it's fine."

Adenegan said: "I'm really pleased, and to go sub-two minutes as well, honestly I'm so happy.

"I take a lot of confidence from it. I'm really pleased I was able to perform when it counted."

There was another double win for Great Britain in the KL2 200m Para-canoe event which saw Charlotte Henshaw winning gold and silver going to Emma Wiggs.

Henshaw said: "It's amazing. I feel a real sense of gratitude that I got the opportunity that I was able to race for this medal," said Henshaw.

"Twelve, 18 months ago, we weren't sure if we were going to get this opportunity.

"It was a fantastic race and incredible that Emma and I were able to again get the top two steps on the podium. It just shows the strength that we have in British canoeing, and I'm very proud to be a part of it."

Gold also went to Laura Sugar when she became KL3 champion in Para-canoe.

A nail-biting finish in the VL3 200m final saw Stuart Wood picking up bronze, but Zak Skinner wasn’t as fortunate when he missed out on a medal in the T13 long jump by two centremeteres.

Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker collected silver in the wheelchair tennis women’s doubles where they were beaten by Dutch duo Diede de Groot and Aniek van Koot in the final.

Hannah Crockford suffered two cardiac arrests after birth which left her with permanent damage in numerous areas of her brain.