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Perri Shakes-Drayton wins gold in 400 metres at the European Indoor Championships

Shakes-Drayton leads GB one-two as she wins 400m gold ahead of team-mate Child

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Laura Williamson

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10:50 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:04 GMT, 3 March 2013

Perri Shakes-Drayton won 400-metre European indoor gold in Gothenburg this morning with a scintillating personal best of 50.85 seconds – the fastest time in the world this year.

The 400m hurdles specialist, 24, led at the bell and took gold in emphatic fashion, with fellow Brit and hurdler Eilidh Child setting a new Scottish record of 51.45 secs to win silver. Shana Cox, 28, finished sixth in 53.15 seconds.

Shakes-Drayton said: 'I’m really
happy with that. Everyone had expectations of me getting gold and in my
heart of hearts I wanted gold. To be able to deliver and run a world
lead – I didn’t expect that. I’m going to take that, it gives me
confidence and hopefully I can transfer it over the hurdles.

In a league of her own: Perri Shakes-Drayton celebrates winning the 400m

In a league of her own: Perri Shakes-Drayton celebrates winning the 400m

'I still want to achieve over the
400m hurdles and I haven’t fulfilled my potential so to me I’m still a
400m hurdler and I think that gave me an advantage because I’m used to
running over ten hurdles in a 400m so I’m a lot stronger.'

Child said: 'I’m over the moon, I
knew it would be hard but I was lucky to get a good lane draw after
yesterday’s qualification.

Race to the line: Shakes-Drayton lead fellow Brit Edith Child in the 400m final

Race to the line: Shakes-Drayton lead fellow Brit Edith Child in the 400m final

Crossing the line: Shakes-Drayton wins the 400m final ahead of Eilidh Child in second

Crossing the line: Shakes-Drayton wins the 400m final ahead of Eilidh Child in second

'I knew everybody would be out for me
because I was out in lane six so I thought I would just go out like a
bullet and hopefully get that break.

'Once I saw Perri ahead of me, I just
thought “sit on her shoulder and try and work with her the whole way
round”. I’m delighted that I got a medal.'

David Silva says players responsible for Manchester City"s bad campaign

It's our fault! Silva pins blame for Man City's poor campaign on the players

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UPDATED:

23:00 GMT, 14 December 2012

Manchester City winger David Silva believes Roberto Mancini’s players must accept the blame for the club’s unconvincing form this season.

Barclays Premier League champions City are six points behind leaders Manchester United in the title race and are already out of Europe.

But Silva believes it is the players and not manager Mancini who must take responsibility.

Crossing the divide: Manchester City star David Silva meets Man United fan William Ray, aged 9, from Bury

Crossing the divide: Manchester City star David Silva meets Man United fan William Ray, aged 9, from Bury

Silva said the players had themselves to blame for their situation

David Silva meets Zac Bramwell, aged 8

Visit: Silva, meeting Zac Bramwell, aged 8 (right), said he was hoping the kids would enjoy the players' company

Helping hand: Silva introduces himself to Sam Ainsworth, from Salford

Helping hand: Silva introduces himself to Sam Ainsworth, from Salford

Silva said: 'We're are responsible for what has happened this season.

'The way we played in the Champions League – we all have to take the blame for that.

'It didn't start well in the Champions League and it became an uphill task for us, it didn't happen. But you can't just blame the manager.

'All I would say is that since I joined City up to now we have made progress with Roberto. All there has been is progress.

'In the Champions League, I can’t put my finger on what it was.

'All I can say is when I came to City they were looking to get in the top four and since then they have won the Premier League, the FA Cup, we have qualified for the Champions League.

'People can’t expect to win the Champions League straightaway. We’ve got very good players and we will get there.

'I want to win it with City but let’s go one step at a time.'

Silva spoke this week as he joined team-mates on a visit to sick youngsters at Manchester Children’s Hospital. All the players who visited took Christmas presents they had paid for themselves.

'We’ve been visiting the kids and hopefully we will get a smile out of them at this time for Christmas,' said Silva.

'I don’t have kids, but I have a big family and I know what it’s like for them to receive presents and to have something from someone that they want to see.'

Hi there: Silva with Tipu Rehman aged 3 from Bolton and Dylan Roberts, aged 6 from Didsbury (below)

Hi there: Silva with Tipu Rehman aged 3 from Bolton and Dylan Roberts, aged 6 from Didsbury (below)

True blue: Silva meets Man City star Dylan Roberts, aged 6 from Didsbury

Silva will be in the City team at Newcastle on Saturday lunchtime having recovered from injury to play in last weekend’s derby defeat to Manchester United.

He feels he is back to his best now but admitted that a long-term ankle problem is still bothering him.

'I’m feeling great again,' he added.

'Before the injury I was good, I was playing very good but then I got three weeks out.

'Now I can hopefully keep going in a good way.

'It is true I have played a lot of games in the last three or four seasons, with the European Championships, and World Cup and domestic league but you have to recover well after every game and just be there and that’s football and that’s the way it is.

Here you go: Silva gives Ethan Bird, aged 5, from Hull, a present during his visit, and meets Sam Doran from Bolton (below)

Here you go: Silva gives Ethan Bird, aged 5, from Hull, a present during his visit, and meets Sam Doran from Bolton (below)

David Silva meets Sam Doran from Bolton

'I do have to keep on top of the ankle, always work on it and constantly care for it and there are parts of the season where I have to look after it a bit more. But its OK.'

With City six points behind United in the Premier League, Silva admitted that winning the title again from this position would be a huge achievement.

'It would be right up there with all the other big competitions that I've won,' he said.

'Winning the Premier League is seen as a big thing. It would be a great achievement to retain it.

'I've been lucky I've won a lot of medals but I'd still like to win more.'

Nicklas Bendtner open to Spurs move

I'd be happy to move to Spurs: Arsenal outcast Bendtner open to White Hart Lane move

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UPDATED:

13:30 GMT, 18 November 2012

Nicklas Bendtner has opened the door to a controversial move across north London from Arsenal to bitter rivals Spurs.

The Danish striker, 24, is currently plying his trade in Italy on a season-long loan at Juventus, but has struggled to make a significant impact at the Italian champions.

And the Arsenal outcast – who spent last season on-loan at Sunderland – looks set to leave The Emirates on a permanent basis next summer and says he would have no problem in following in the footsteps of William Gallas and Emmanuel Adebayor by moving to White Hart Lane as he is keen to stay in London.

Keen to earn his Spurs: Nicklas Bendtner is playing for Juventus this season, but says he would not rule a move to Tottenham

Keen to earn his Spurs: Nicklas Bendtner is playing for Juventus this season, but says he would not rule a move to Tottenham

'History is filled with examples of players moving between rival clubs and I can't rule out clubs due to where I might have been in the past,' Bendtner said.

'It might not be the best idea but if the project matches my ambitions I would have to be interested.'

Crossing the divide: Emmanuel Adebayor has played for both Arsenal and Spurs

Crossing the divide: Emmanuel Adebayor has played for both Arsenal and Spurs

He added on bold.dk: 'I still have a great relationship with London, which is a city that I adore.

'I have a lot of friends in London and there are a lot of great clubs in London, so I wouldn't rule out a return.'

Mark Pain wins Olympic and Paralympic photography hat-trick

It's another GOLD medal for the Mail on Sunday! Mark Pain takes Olympic and Paralympic photography hat-trick

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22:29 GMT, 10 November 2012

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UPDATED:

22:36 GMT, 10 November 2012

The Mail on Sunday’s chief sports photographer, Mark Pain, has been honoured with three of the most prestigious awards in British photo-journalism. Pain, a multiple winner of the Sports Photographer of the Year award, won the hat-trick of prizes at the Guild of Picture Editor Awards.

He scooped the awards for his portfolio of pictures from the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and collected the overall trophy for Olympics Photographer of the Year.

Here's how Mark Pain got his award winning pictures

Mark Pain used a Nikon D4 camera with a Nikon 300mm f2.8 lens for all three pictures, and shutter speeds of 1/1000th of a second for his shots of German weightlifter Michael Steiner and Polish Paralympics table tennis player Natalia Partyka, and 1/1600th for Jessica Ennis crossing the line in the heptathlon 800m to confirm her gold medal.

Painful: Michael Steiner of Germany drops 196kg onto his head as he fails to lift the weight

Painful: Michael Steiner of Germany drops 196kg onto his head as he fails to lift the weight

‘As a sports photographer you have to be prepared for anything to happen,’ says Pain. ‘The picture of Steiner dropping the weights is one of my favourite as you can almost feel his pain when the bar lands on his neck.

Moment of the Games: Pain waited for hours to get this pic of Jessica Ennis winning heptathlon gold

Moment of the Games: Pain waited for hours to get this pic of Jessica Ennis winning heptathlon gold

‘Jess Ennis crossing the line to confirm her gold medal in the heptathlon was THE moment of the Olympics. I had to get in position several hours early to secure the best head-on spot.’

Concentration: Natalia Partyka of Poland on her way to beating Angham Maghraby of Eghpt in the Paralympic Women's Singles Class 10 Table Tennis

Concentration: Natalia Partyka of Poland on her way to beating Angham Maghraby of Eghpt in the Paralympic Women's Singles Class 10 Table Tennis

‘I called into the table tennis at the Excel Arena to keep an eye on some British medal hopes. But as soon as I saw Natalia’s serve I knew there was a chance of great pictures showing how she has overcome her disability. She went on to win gold.’

And here are seven more from his award winning portfolio

Charge: An Bahaman sprinter runs past the Olympic Flame in the mens 4 x 100m final

Charge: An Bahaman sprinter runs past the Olympic Flame in the mens 4 x 100m final

Balance and composure: Romanian gymnast Catalina Ponor competing in the women's floor exercise final at the North Greenwich Arena

Balance and composure: Romanian gymnast Catalina Ponor competing in the women's floor exercise final at the North Greenwich Arena

Contrasting emotions: Lei Sheng (right) of China wins Olympic gold against Abouelkassem of Egypt in the men's individual foil

Contrasting emotions: Lei Sheng (right) of China wins Olympic gold against Abouelkassem of Egypt in the men's individual foil

History boy: Oscar Pistorius wins the gold medal in the Paralympic Mens 400m T44 final

History boy: Oscar Pistorius wins the gold medal in the Paralympic Mens 400m T44 final

Exertion: A Russian Paralympic cyclist in action

Exertion: A Russian Paralympic cyclist in action

The little mermaid: Eleanor Simmonds on her way to the gold Medal in the Paralympic women's 400m freestyle S6

The little mermaid: Eleanor Simmonds on her way to the gold Medal in the Paralympic women's 400m freestyle S6

Games star: David Weir celebrates winning his third gold medal at the Paralympics

Games star: David Weir celebrates winning his third gold medal at the Paralympics

World Twenty20: Pakistan beat New Zealand

New Zealand scrape into Super Eights despite 13-run loss to qualifiers Pakistan

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UPDATED:

14:54 GMT, 23 September 2012

New Zealand progressed to the Super Eights stage of the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka despite suffering a 13-run defeat to Pakistan in Pallekele.

Mohammed Hafeez's side ran up 177 for six with Nasir Jamshed claiming four sixes in a confident 56, with New Zealand responding valiantly to post 164 for 9, but the Black Caps were unable to emulate the swashbuckling batting of their opponents.

Despite the loss, New Zealand qualify for the Super Eights on net run rate, while Pakistan will confirm their own progression with victory over Bangladesh on Tuesday.

Accomplished: Pakistan's Nasir Jamshed plays a shot against New Zealand in Pallekele

Accomplished: Pakistan's Nasir Jamshed plays a shot against New Zealand in Pallekele

Pakistan v New Zealand

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Pakistan have only lost once at this
tournament having scored 150 or more when batting first and remain the
only team to reach the semi-finals every time of asking.

There was a nervous start for Pakistan
as they opted to bat first, Hafeez being dropped for nought by Ross
Taylor, but they soon began to rack up the runs.

It was not until the sixth over that Tim Southee caught and bowled Imran Nazir for 25 but Pakistan continued to score freely.

After Hafeez hit an 87-metre six in
the ninth over, Pakistan reached the halfway stage at 92 for one and
Jamshed brought up his 50 with a four and a single in the 13th over.

New Zealand took three wickets in
three overs, Hafeez (43) first to go in the 14th over having been clean
bowled by James Franklin.

Kamran Akmal slashed Jacob Oram's
delivery to Kyle Mills for just three runs and Brendon McCullum caught
Jamshed off Daniel Vettori's bowling soon after.

Take that: New Zealand's Tim Southee celebrates after taking the wicket of Imran Nazir

Take that: New Zealand's Tim Southee celebrates after taking the wicket of Imran Nazir

Umar Akmal went for a big six in the
19th over but the ball dropped before crossing the boundary and Brendon
McCullum made the catch.

Kane Williamson repeated the trick as
Shahid Afridi went long with the final ball of the innings, with
Pakistan closing on 177 for six.

New Zealand made an impressive start,
with Rob Nicol and Williamson bringing up 47 in six overs, before Afridi
clean bowled the former in the seventh.

Williamson followed swiftly, run out
for 15 by Hafeez, and by the end of the 10th over, the Black Caps had
been restricted to just 66 for two.

New Zealand needed 86 from the last six overs and Brendon McCullum soon hit a huge six after Daniel Vettori survived a stumping.

But Vettori fell in the next over as he directed Ajmal's ball to Jamshed for 18.

Delight: Umar Gul celebrates after taking the wicket of New Zealand's Brendon McCullum

Delight: Umar Gul celebrates after taking the wicket of New Zealand's Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum edged Umar Gul's
delivery against his pads and subsequently onto the stumps to go for 34
from 31 balls and Oram followed as he missed a big sweep at an Ajmal
ball.

Ajmal dropped an ambitious effort from Franklin before Taylor stepped up to fire a six over cow corner.

Franklin went down swinging as he
edged a slower Sohail Tanvir ball to Jamshed in the deep, with Taylor
soon run out for 25 on review.

New Zealand needed 19 runs from the
last six balls but Gul caught Southee for one, Nathan McCullum fell to
Ajmal for just five, with Mills and Adam Milne not able to score as
Pakistan claimed victory.

Mo Farah wins at Great North CityGames

Olympic hero Farah can't wait to relax after ending season with CityGames win

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UPDATED:

12:54 GMT, 15 September 2012

Mo Farah rounded off his spectacular season by coasting to victory in the two-mile event at the Great North CityGames on the quayside in Gateshead.

The double Olympic gold medallist stalked Australian Collis Birmingham through the first section of the race, before bursting to the front over the Swing Bridge and crossing the line in a winning time of eight minutes 40.04seconds.

Another winning Mo-ment: Olympic hero Mo Farah ended his season in style

Another winning Mo-ment: Olympic hero Mo Farah ended his season in style

Another winning Mo-ment: Olympic hero Mo Farah ended his season in style

Farah told the BBC: 'It was tough. It hasn't been easy getting everything done but the Olympics is done and this was to enjoy and run for the home crowd and it was amazing.

'Now I will just have a rest and spend time with my family and look after my little girls. I can have fun and eat what I like.'

Mark Cavendish loses Tour of Britain lead – Stage Five

Cavendish loses his overall lead in Tour of Britain as De Maar storms to stage victory

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UPDATED:

14:26 GMT, 13 September 2012

World road race champion Mark Cavendish lost the overall lead of the Tour of Britain on Thursday as Marc de Maar recovered from a crash near the end to win the fifth stage in Stoke.

Team Sky's Cavendish lost touch with the peloton on the undulating roads of the Peak District and finished more than 10 minutes behind De Maar who attacked with 7km remaining.

Dutch of class: Marc de Maar wins the fifth stage

Dutch of class: Marc de Maar wins the fifth stage

Mark Cavendish

Bradley Wiggins

Crossing the line: Mark Cavendish (left) and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins (right)

Australia's Leigh Howard reclaimed the overall lead with a seven-second advantage over Dutchman Boy van Poppel going into Friday's 189km sixth stage in the Welsh mountains.

De Maar's performance was all the more remarkable as he was left on the tarmac with 10km remaining.

Pedal power: Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish lead the peloton out at the start of the fifth stage of the Tour of Britain

Pedal power: Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish lead the peloton out at the start of the fifth stage of the Tour of Britain

Brit special: Bradley Wiggins signs autographs for fans

Brit special: Bradley Wiggins signs autographs for fans

Tour of Britain stage six

London 2012 Paralympics: Rachel Morris wins road race bronze

Brits fail in bid to share road race bronze as Morris is awarded medal in photo-finish

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UPDATED:

12:24 GMT, 7 September 2012

Great Britain's Rachel Morris was awarded bronze in the women's H1-3 road race at Brands Hatch after crossing the line holding hands with team-mate Karen Darke in an apparent bid to share the medal.

Morris and Darke finished one minute 34 seconds behind Marianna Davis of the United States, who added road race gold to her time-trial victory on Wednesday, and despite their best efforts to finish together and share bronze, Morris placed third in a photo finish.

Monica Bascio, another American, was second, 33 seconds behind, before the British duo rode towards the final place on the podium at the end of the 48-kilometre race.

In it together: Karen Darke (left) and Rachel Morris in the women's road race

In it together: Karen Darke (left) and Rachel Morris in the women's road race

'We wanted it together, we crossed the line with our hands together,' Darke, who won time-trial silver on Wednesday, told Channel Four.

Morris said: 'We worked so hard together today.'

The 33-year-old from Guildford won time-trial gold in Beijing, but was injured and had her bike written off in an accident with a car in July which left her place in London in doubt. She was fifth in the time-trial on Wednesday.

Morris added: 'I've not had the best lead-in to this Games. This bronze medal means more than gold. It just means everything.'

It was the British cycling team's 21st medal of the Games, taking the team past the 20 they won in 2008.

Team work: Morris and Darke failed in their bid to share the bronze medal in the road race

Team work: Morris and Darke failed in their bid to share the bronze medal in the road race

London 2012 Paralympics: Paul Blake wins 400m silver

Son of Star Wars actor Blake proves the force is with him by running to 400m silver

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UPDATED:

21:13 GMT, 4 September 2012

Great Britain's Paul Blake continued his remarkable family story by winning Paralympic silver over 400 metres at a packed Olympic Stadium.

The 22-year-old son of a Star Wars actor and ballet dancer ran a new personal best of 54.22 seconds to claim the hosts' 14th athletics medal of a prolific Games.

Only a huge world record from Russia's Evgenii Shvetcov denied the Dorchester athlete, who has cerebral palsy, the T36 title and there was no sign of disappointment for the world champion as he celebrated wildly on crossing the line.

In the medals: Paul Blake celebrates winning silver in the men's 400m - T36 Final

In the medals: Paul Blake celebrates winning silver in the men's 400m – T36 Final

There were shouts of 'Come on Paul' as Blake took to his blocks and he was roared round the track by deafening cheers, but there was simply no stopping the imperious Shvetcov, whose time of 53.31secs knocked 0.82s off the previous world record.

Indeed, Blake's time was only 0.09s off the old mark.

The Briton's performance wrote yet another chapter in an incredible family story.

His actor father, also Paul, played bounty hunter Greedo in Star Wars, his mother, Kate, was a dancer with the Royal Ballet and his grandfather played tennis at Wimbledon.

Blake said: 'It was absolutely amazing. The crowd was amazing, my family have been amazing with the support.

Moment of glory: Evgenii Shvetcov of Russia (left) crosses the line to win gold as Blake (centre) finishes second

Moment of glory: Evgenii Shvetcov of Russia (left) crosses the line to win gold as Blake (centre) finishes second

'The British public have been amazing on Twitter and Facebook. I soaked up the atmosphere before the race as well. I'm pretty speechless at the moment.

'(The crowd) is like having an extra pair of legs, it's so uplifting. The roar is massive. I was trying not to get too excited and concentrate on my race.

'I tried to go with (Shvetcov) but he's so strong he out-kicked me. He was the better man on the day. I'm happy with a silver medal, I can't complain.

'My granddad played tennis before it went professional, my mum was in the Royal Ballet School, so I'm lucky with the sporting background.'

Blake's run followed an impressive 1500m bronze for David Devine in the opening track event of the night.

The 20-year-old produced a gutsy display as he was roared down the home straight by the capacity crowd to finish a comfortable third in the T13 race.

Devine, who has a visual impairment, clocked 3:49.79, a European record and huge personal best.
He moved up the outside and into the lead at the bell only to be quickly pegged back, but he held his form well and came home strongly, more than two seconds clear of fourth.

On the podium: (left-right) David Korir of Kenya, Abderrahim Zhiou of Tunisia and Britain's David Devine

On the podium: (left-right) David Korir of Kenya, Abderrahim Zhiou of Tunisia and Britain's David Devine

That the first two both clocked world records – winner Abderrahim Zhiou is a T12 runner and silver medallist David Korir T13 – showed the quality of field the Liverpool athlete was up against.

Devine, who is also in the 800m final, said: 'It's unbelievable. I've got over 30 friends and family in the crowd and I was just thinking “I can't let one more person pass me on that home straight, I need to come away with a medal”.

'I think about that crowd. I think I might have got pipped before, but that roar, as soon as it went that loud I just knew I was going to hang on.'

Devine only scraped into the final as a fastest loser on Sunday and added: 'I knew what shape I was in, but to get a medal after how bad my heat went is just incredible.

'My confidence took a real battering in the heat, but I was determined not to let my moment slip away from me and I'm delighted with bronze at my first Paralympics.

'It means so much to put it together when it matters. I ran 3:50 a few months ago and then got food poisoning, which really set me back. But I was refreshed by the break and I think it's actually quite a good thing.'

London 2012 Paralympics: Hannah Cockroft wins 100m

Cockroft breaks Paralympic record to win 100m gold with stunning display

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UPDATED:

19:51 GMT, 31 August 2012

Wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft destroyed the field and the Paralympic record to claim gold in the T34 100 metres at a packed Olympic Stadium.

The 20-year-old had the race won by halfway as she crossed the line in 18.06 seconds, almost one-and-a-half seconds clear of her closest rival, Holland's Amy Siemons.

The Halifax athlete, who has cerebral palsy, had already broken the Paralympic record in qualifying this morning and no one could get close to stopping her taking the title.

Great Brit: Hannah Cockroft celebrates winning gold in the 100m - T34 final

Great Brit: Hannah Cockroft celebrates winning gold in the 100m – T34 final

Cockroft, who was greeted by a huge roar when introduced to the screaming fans, had admitted after her 18.24secs clocking in the heats she was 'a little scared' by the atmosphere.

But there were no sign of nerves whatsoever on the big occasion.
Cockroft, who was the first person to set a world record in the stadium earlier this year, got off to a typically explosive start and never looked back.

Only a slight head wind denied her the chance to attack her own world record of 17.60s.

'I've been working for the last four years for that. That was a good race,' she told Channel 4.

Asked about her emotions on crossing
the line, she said: 'I kind of was deciding whether to cry or laugh or
what to do. It's a little bit surreal when you've been dreaming about it
for so long and then it just kind of happens in, what, 18 seconds

'You're kind of like, 'I want to do it again. I can do it better.' I've got it now. I can't complain.

'On
the start line I knew I'd beaten all these girls before. Looking at
their times from the heats and their personal bests I was miles ahead of
them. I knew deep down I could do it, but it's always what happens on
the day.

'When there's so many people here supporting you they really, really do carry you along.

Hard at work: Cockroft on her way to winning gold

Hard at work: Cockroft on her way to winning gold

'I was kind of like, 'I don't know whether they're going to distract me or carry me along', but as soon as the gun went off it just erupted in here and it was amazing. I loved it.'

Cockroft now has the chance to do the double with the 200m to come and said: 'The 100m is actually my weakest event. Hopefully I can pick up a better lead in the 200.'

David Weir earlier produced a performance of supreme confidence to qualify in style for the final of the T54 5,000m.

Weir, who won Great Britain's only athletics golds with a double four years ago in Beijing, controlled the race before hitting the accelerator on the final lap.

He could afford to slow down on the home straight and rolled nonchalantly across the line in 11 minutes 28.88 seconds.

He said: 'It's a really great feeling. I did have nerves, but they were good nerves. I didn't panic at all.

'I'm in the right frame of mind and I'm in good shape. It was everything I expected so I loved it out there.'