Hannah Cockroft, Libby Clegg and Richard Whitehead among athletes on British team for global event in Dubai in November
A British team of 41 athletes will compete at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai in November.
A number of reigning world champions from London 2017 feature in the squad, including 10-time world gold medallist Hannah Cockroft, grand slam champions Hollie Arnold and Sophie Hahn and two-time Paralympic gold medallists Aled Davies and Richard Whitehead.
Also among the returning world champions are Olivia Breen, Kadeena Cox, Sophie Kamlish and Sammi Kinghorn.
Making her return to global competition after the birth of her son, Edward, in April, is double Paralympic champion Libby Clegg, who will be guided in the T11 200m by Thomas Somers.
Dan Greaves will not be competing, however, as the discus thrower has been ruled out of attending his seventh world championships due to injury.
😢 Pains me to write this but unfortunately due to injury I won’t be attending my 7th World Championships in Dubai in November.
Gutted that my body failed my mind!
Times like these are extremely annoying but sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture
Health is Happiness pic.twitter.com/VSO5ukrT9g
— Dan Greaves (@DiscusDan) September 17, 2019
Jonnie Peacock and Stef Reid were among the original team selections but will also miss the event due to injury.
“‘I have been forced to make the decision to pull out of the coming World Championships with a knee injury that has taken longer to heal than expected,” said two-time world and two-time Paralympic sprint champion Peacock.
“It’s always tough being on the sidelines but I hope it will be a great event in Dubai and I will be cheering on the team from the UK. With some planned rest I hope to be back into winter training in no time.”
World T44 long jump champion Reid, who has an ankle injury, said: “It’s hard to do the work and not get the chance to perform. Unfortunately, sport has some difficult moments. But it’s not helpful to dwell on them too long so my focus will now shift to Tokyo. I have a fantastic team and I am looking forward to doing it all again next season!”
Race Running makes its debut at the World Para Athletics Championships after featuring at last year’s European Championships, where the British team secured two titles and four medals.
Rafi Solaiman and Kayleigh Haggo will headline the RR3 100m, with European champion Gavin Drysdale and Ellie Simpson also among the best in the world over the discipline.
Sprinter Ola Abidogun earns his first British vest since the IPC European Championships in Swansea in 2014. The 2012 Paralympic silver medallist, who balances a career as a solicitor alongside his athletics, will race in the T47 100m and form part of the universal 4x100m relay squad.
“I am delighted to be able to select a team of 43 for the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai,” said British Athletics’ para athletics head coach, Paula Dunn.
“The event is a key competition in the cycle as well the final opportunity to take on the best in the world at a global championship before Tokyo, and I’m really excited to see how this team performs in two months’ time.
“Alongside this, we have four athletes making their senior debuts for the British squad and I’m very pleased to see them 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.”
She added: “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.”
British team for the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai, November 7-15
Kare Adenegan – T34 100m & 800m
Hollie Arnold – F46 javelin
Martina Barber – T20 long jump
Olivia Breen – T38 long jump & 100m
Jo Butterfield – F51 club throw
Lydia Church – F12 shot put
Libby Clegg (guide runner: Thomas Somers) – T11 200m & universal 4x100m relay
Hannah Cockroft – T34 100m & 800m
Kadeena Cox – T38 200m & 400m
Sabrina Fortune – F20 shot put
Kayleigh Haggo – RR3 100m
Sophie Hahn – T38 100m, 200m & universal 4x100m relay
Sophie Kamlish – T64 100m
Sammi Kinghorn – T53 100m & universal 4x100m relay
Maria Lyle – T35 100m & 200m
Anna Nicholson – F35 shot put
Ellie Simpson – RR3 100m
Ali Smith – T38 100m, 400m & universal 4x100m relay
Hannah Taunton – T20 1500m
Vanessa Wallace – F34 shot put
Ola Abidogun – T47 100m & universal 4x100m relay
Paul Blake– T36 400m & 800m
Jonathan Broom-Edwards – T64 high jump
Mickey Bushell – T53 100m
Richard Chiassaro – T54 100m, 400m, 800m & 1500m
Aled Davies – F63 shot put
Gavin Drysdale – RR3 100m
Kyron Duke – F41 shot put
Jordan Howe – T35 100m
Harri Jenkins – T33 100m
Nathan Maguire – T54 100m, 400m, 800m & universal 4x100m relay
Owen Miller – T20 1500m
Ben Rowlings – T34 100m, 400m & 800m
Luke Sinnott – T63 long jump & T61 200m
Zak Skinner – T13 long jump & universal 4x100m relay
Andrew Small – T33 100m
Rafi Solaiman – RR3 100m
Isaac Towers – T34 400m & 800m
Richard Whitehead – T61 200m
Thomas Young – T38 100m
» This post was updated on October 16 to reflect the withdrawal of Jonnie Peacock due to a knee injury and on November 1 following Stef Reid’s withdrawal due to an ankle injury