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World Para Athletics Championships: Day Four preview

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Richard Whitehead and Hannah Cockroft will lead Great Britain’s medal hopes on Monday as they both go for their second gold of the World Para Athletics Championships in London.

Whitehead won T42 200m on Saturday and goes for his second medal over the shorter distance of 100m on Monday.

He took Paralympic silver in the event in Rio but has never won a world title over the distance.

And while Whitehead turns 41 on Wednesday, he is not thinking about this being his last championship before retiring, and is instead focused on the job in hand.

"I'm not considering that at the moment," Whitehead said.

"It's all about one race at a time and I don't want to get ahead of myself."

Meanwhile, wheelchair racer Cockroft is another athlete going for a second gold, when she competes over 800m on Monday evening.

"It's all about one race at a time and I don't want to get ahead of myself." Richard Whitehead

Cockroft won a fourth straight T34 100 metres title for her eighth global crown, triumphing at the London Stadium where she burst to prominence five years ago.

The 24-year-old extended her undefeated streak in major championships to win in a world record of 17.18 seconds.

Cockroft, who still lives at home in her native Halifax with parents Graham and Rachel, has won 12 world and Paralympic gold medals since her first senior championship in 2011.

Her three T34 events in London are over the same 100m, 400m and 800m distances at which she won gold in the 2015 world championships in Doha.

 And ahead of Monday’s 800m, Cockroft is confident of adding to her medal haul.

“I expect myself to win,” she said. “I try not to put that pressure on myself too much but I know coming in I’m the fastest and fittest I’ve ever been.

“Everything’s going really well, so there’s absolutely no reason why, unless I get really tactically messed up in that 800m, anything should go wrong.”

Elsewhere, Paul Blake and Graeme Ballard both qualified for Monday's T36 200m final.

“I expect myself to win,” she said. “I try not to put that pressure on myself too much but I know coming in I’m the fastest and fittest I’ve ever been." Hannah Cockroft

And Sophie Kamlish, who broke the World Record in the heats for T44 100m in Rio last year, begins her bid for glory as she begins her quest for a world championship medal with the heats in the morning session before the final in the evening.

Britain top the medal table after day three with 15 medals – with eight golds – and will look to add to that tally on Monday. 

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