Wheelchair race wins for Borderer Samantha Kinghorn in London and Zurich
The Gordon 27-year-old, a gold medallist in the women’s T53 100m at July’s Para Athletics World Championships in France, added the 13-mile endurance race to the ever-growing list of events she’s won.
It took a photo finish to separate her from runner-up Eden Rainbow-Cooper, of Hampshire in England, however, as both clocked a course record time of 52:05.
That was Kinghorn’s second success in 72 hours following victory over 1,500m at the Weltklasse Zurich Diamond League meeting in Switzerland last Thursday night in a time of 3:23.57, 35 seconds ahead of Swiss runner-up Catherine Debrunner.
“I think I exceeded what I thought I could achieve in that race,” she said after her Diamond League win.
“1,500m isn’t my usual event but I’m now thinking I’ll have to step up for next year.
“I actually really enjoyed the race and I felt as if I had loads left at the end.
“At one point, I thought maybe this isn’t the bell lap and hesitated a little bit, but then when the girls started to accelerate, I thought ‘OK, I think I just need to go for this’.”