Fresh from smashing her own T44 100m record in her heat earlier on in the day, Britain’s Sophie Kamlish returned to the track on Monday 17th July 2017 to further impress at the World Para Athletics Championships, dominating the final to claim her first major title.
Storming away from the start, she clocked 12.92 for victory to beat the fast-finishing defending champion Marlou van Rhijn of Netherlands who clocked 13.20.
Van Rhijn has dominated the event since the London 2012 Paralympics in the same London Stadium, but after making such a statement earlier on in the day with her world record-breaking time of 12.90, Kamlish was clearly a force to be reckoned with.
The Briton had set the previous T44 world record in her heat in Rio but there the single-leg amputee had gone on to finish fourth. This time she was determined not to suffer the same fate.
“It was definitely a case of being very worried about the same as Rio,” she said. “My brain kept taking me back there, but I relaxed and focused on myself.
“I was so shocked. The whole day I’ve been nervous and I never feel that for races. Hopefully I can continue this now. I eased off in the heat so hopefully I can go quicker still.”
Behind her was Van Rhijn, who holds the T43 world record for double below-knee amputee sprinters at 12.79, working her way through to secure silver ahead of Nyoshia Cain of Trinidad and Tobago with 13.25. Britain’s Laura Sugar was fifth in 13.49.
“I was thinking I would be happy with a medal but I knew deep down that I would be disappointed if it wasn’t gold,” added Kamlish, who had beaten Van Rhijn for the first time in May at the Arcadis Great CityGames Manchester. “I have been wanting this since I started competing and now I have got it.”
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