KARE ADENEGAN said she felt “blessed” after claiming T34 100m silver at the Rio Paralympic Games.
Hannah Cockroft won the gold but the Coventry University student Kare pushed her British compatriot all the way.
Aged just 15, Kare registered a personal best time of 18.29 seconds.
Speaking after the race a delighted Kare, who is a member of Godiva Harriers Wheelchairs Racing Academy and is coached by Job King, said: “It was as if I won. It has been a really tough year, the season has been up and down.
“I feel so blessed and grateful I can share the podium with Hannah. It is a personal best as well. I completely smashed my personal best. It has been an amazing day.”
Kare’s achievement was welcomed by Bablake School, where she is currently a year 11 student.
Kare took up wheelchair racing in 2012, after being inspired by the Summer Paralympics in London.
At school she found herself excluded from sports due to her cerebral palsy, but the Games made her realise that sport was open to her.
That year she joined a wheelchair academy in Coventry, and after becoming classified as a T34 athlete she began competing at national meets in 2013.