British wheelchair star Hannah Cockroft clinched the sixth gold medal in her illustrious Paralympic career, winning the 100 T34 with a world record of 16.39.
The 29-year-old lowered her own world record by 0.18 seconds at the Tokyo National Stadium, with compatriot Kare Adenegan in second.
Silver medalist Adenegan, who finished with a time of 17.03, got off to the better start of the two before her dominant teammate flew away to take the top spot on the podium again.
Glory brought Cockroft closer to a long-term goal of surpassing the 11 Paralympic medals won by Baroness Tanni Gray-Thompson between 1992 and 2004.
She can still close this gap in the 800m final on Saturday.
“Honestly, I didn’t know the time was in me,” Cockroft said.
“I knew Kare was going to come out of the blocks, and I had to go with him as best I could.
“She just pulled me out for a while. He came, he was always there to hide, it only took a few years to show his face.
Asked whether she could potentially exceed Gray-Thompson’s Paralympic race count, she replied, “I’m halfway there and I’m at three Games. I’m 29, guys! I don’t know if I will be able to do three more Games.
“It’s there, it’s far away. This sport has changed so much since Tanni. She left a legacy, we just need to keep bringing more young girls into the sport. If I have to keep beating them, great.
Cockroft has established herself as one of her country’s most recognizable para-athletes after bursting onto the scene with two gold medals in London 2012, then adding three more in Rio four years later.
Since returning from Brazil, her profile has been upped as a presenter on the BBC’s nature program Countryfile, in addition to an appearance on The Great British Bake Off.
She recently claimed that cooking in front of celebrity chef Paul Hollywood was more intimidating than competing in the Paralympics, but there is no sign of complacency in her daily work.
The 12-time world champion lowered her own world records in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m at the World Para-athletics Grand Prix in Switzerland in May and resumed her spellbinding form in the Japanese capital.
She came out a clear favorite as the only competitor to have dived under 17 seconds this year.
Adenegan appeared to be the biggest threat to the crown and it turned out.
The 20-year-old from Coventry, competing in the adjacent lane, scared her fellow Briton by flying off blocks before finally being revised as she settled for second place and the best of the season , which was still much slower than her. life record of 16.8, set in 2018.
“There was certain panic there,” Cockroft said.
“The 100m, when you’re sitting on that start line, looks so short. She went and I thought, ‘I don’t have enough time. I need 120. ‘
“You just need to lower your head, move your arms.
“I had no idea how these girls were growing, we hadn’t run together. I had run Kare once this year. It was a shock all around. “
Australia’s Robyn Lambird took bronze, more than 1.6 seconds behind Adenegan, with another British athlete, Fabienne Andre, fifth in 19.14.