17 September 2019

Libby Clegg back on the track as Britain name squad for World Championships

Double Paralympic champion Libby Clegg is set to return to the track after giving birth to her son with Britain naming a pedigree-packed squad for the World Para Athletics Championships.

Clegg, who did the T11 100m and 200m double at Rio 2016, became a mother to Edward in April and will line up at a major Championships for the first time in three years in Dubai from 7-15 November.

The 29-year-old, crowned world champion in 2011, will be guided by Thomas Somers as she sets the clock ticking on a tilt at defending her Paralympic titles in Tokyo.

Having scooped 39 medals and 18 golds when London hosted the global gathering in 2017, Britain have named a 43-strong team featuring 11 world champions.

Hannah Cockroft, Jonnie Peacock, Sophie Hahn and Kadeena Cox will lead the charge on the track, while Stef Reid, Aled Davies and Hollie Arnold headline the British contingent in the field.

Richard Whitehead, Olivia Breen, Sophie Kamlish and Sammi Kinghorn are also among those looking to defend their world titles in the Emirate.

Breakout talents from last summer’s European Championships in Berlin will go after glory on the world stage, with Thomas Young, Sabrina Fortune, Harri Jenkins and Vanessa Wallace included.

Four athletes will make senior debuts – Owen Miller, Hannah Taunton, Anna Nicholson and Lydia Church – while Ola Abidogun earns his first British vest since 2014.

British Athletics Para Athletics Head Coach Paula Dunn said: “The event is a key competition in the Paralympic cycle and I’m really excited to see how this team performs in two months’ time.

“I’m very pleased to see the four debutants joining this team after demonstrating they are ready for this level of competition. It is testament to their hard work and progress during the season.

“We enjoyed our best ever world championships at the biggest edition of the event in London two years ago, but we are not complacent.

“Para Athletics is ever evolving and athletes from all countries have continued to improve since then. I expect our team to step-up and show their ability on the international stage.”

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