Hannah Cockroft aims to retain twin crown at World Championships

Hannah Cockroft admits failing to retain her twin crown at this month's World Championships would be a "massive failure"

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Double Paralympic Games gold medallist Hannah Cockroft admits failing to retain her twin crown at this month’s World Championships would be a “massive failure”.

The 20-year-old heads to Lyon as overwhelming favourite in the T34 sprint classifications after her stunning success at London 2012.

But it was at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in New Zealand where the world record holder first made her name, racing to T34 100m and 200m gold medals – and she fully expects to do so again at the Stadium of Parilly.

“My biggest hope is just to defend the two gold medals and my double world champion title,” said Cockroft, speaking during a BT photoshoot.

“If I fall some world records that would be awesome but apparently the track isn’t majorly fast, and as far as I know there are no new girls who can give me that fear factor on the line that makes me push that little bit harder.

“I want to record some good times, hold on to my title, and just enjoy it. The World Championships is always a fantastic event.

“It will be a massive failure if I don’t come back with two golds. I always see it like that, I don’t ever want to get beaten – and I don’t plan on ever getting beaten.

“Coming back with silver medals its not a failure at all, you have still come second in the entire world and it is still an amazing feat, but I just like the colour gold!”

BT has a long history of supporting Paralympic sport and is a partner of the British Paralympic Association all the way to 2016.

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