Sophie Hahn, the 16-year-old T38 sprinter has won silver in the Women's 200m at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon.

After exploding onto the Paralympic scene with her incredible performance in the semi-finals, much pressure and expectation has been placed on the shoulders of 16-year-old runner. 

Competing at the IPC Athletics World Championships, Sophie Hahn set a games record with a time of 27.56 seconds in the Women's 200m T38 second semi-final.

She competed in the final of the same event alongside fellow Team GB athlete, Olivia Breen. Running in lane 3, she was flanked by the Olympic Champion Chen Junfei and the commentators could only heap praise on the young athlete, commenting that she had everything to gain and nothing to lose on her senior debut. 

Before the competition in Lyon, Sophie was a medal hope but after her scintillating performance in the semis, the 16-year-old's exciting new talent couldn't fail to go unnoticed. 

With drizzle falling on the track, the athletes were held at the starting line for a long time, Hahn admitting in the post race interview that the tension was high. 

At the starting gun, Hahn tore away from the line, the Brit just in the lead as the pack rounded the bend. However, at around the 130m mark, she began to slow and tire, something she shoulder suffer less as her experience of high profile events grows. 

The Brazilian, Veronica Hipolito was on equally fine form and as Hahn began to slow slightly, she edged ahead and crossed the line, taking the gold - Olivia Breen came in fifth.

With three years until the 2016 Rio Paralympics, Hahn has ample time to gain senior international experience and push for gold. She competes in the Women's 100m T38 semi-finals alongside fellow 200m runner Olivia Breen today.

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