Great Britain Announces Team for Para Athletics World Championships

Some of the athletes representing the hosts at London 2017 (Photo: IPC)

British Athletics announced their team for the World Para Athletics Championships on Wednesday, revealing their 49-strong team for their home world championships event.

The team has ten athletes which won gold medals in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, combined the team has 21 Paralympic medals from Rio. The stars of the team are Hannah Cockroft, Aled Davies, Jonnie Peacock, and Richard Whitehead who were all featured in Wednesday’s announcement.

Cockroft will be coming to her home championship in some incredible form having set five world records in Nottwill in June. Cockroft has seven world titles to her name already and will be looking to do another triple and defend her 100m, 400m, 800m.

Two other British athletes have been breaking world records this year as well and will be hoping that they will do even better in a home tournament. Davies has the discus and shot put marks and will be hoping to repeat his double from 2016 while Whitehead broke his own 200m world record last year and is entering the sprint double in London.

Six other Rio gold medalists will be appearing in London 2017 as Hollie Arnold, Paul Blake, Jo Butterfield, Kadeena Cox, Sophie Hahn, and Georgie Hermitage all looking to add world championship medals to their recent hauls.

Two teenagers are hoping to defend their world championships won two years ago in their first ever meet with tam GB. Kare Adenegan and Maria Lyle will be in the team as they, still in their teen years, look to defend their world champion titles.

Three debutants will be in the British team for the first time with Zak Skinner, Martina Barber, and Luke Sinott. Skinner will compete in the 100m and long jump, Barber will compete in various track events and Sinnott in the long jump after previously being in the Invictus Games.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Stephen Millar will be competing in his seventh world championships, bringing a wealth of experience to the team who are expecting big things in London.

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