The British team heads into the Paralympic Games full of expectation and Stuart Weir highlights some events and athletes you won’t want to miss

The GB athletics team goes into the Rio Paralympics full of confidence. In London 2012 29 medals were won, including 11 golds. At the 2015 World Championships in Doha the haul was 32, including 13 golds. At the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy, GB took 15 golds and a total of no fewer than 56 medals.

To put this into context, at the Rio Olympics there were 47 medal events in athletics. At the Paralympics there will be 177.

That is a reduction from the 212 in the 2015 IPC World Championships, which had 30 different 100m races in 16 different classifications for men and 14 for women.

The blue riband event in Rio will be the men’s T44 100m. With Richard Browne having retired, the event pits USA’s former world record-holder Jarryd Wallace against 2012 Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock. It should be an absolute cracker.

In looking for potential GB successes, with so many genuine British medal hopes it is difficult to know whom to include and leave out.

Here are six athletes to look out for…

Stef Reid (F44 long jump)

A silver medallist in London 2012, Reid has struggled with injury for much of the time since but has recorded the two longest jumps of her life this year.

Georgina Hermitage (T37 400m)

Reigning world and European champion — in fact she won four European golds this year.


Sophie Hahn (T38 100m)

Reigning world and European champion.

Jo Butterfield (F51 club throw)

Reigning world and European champion.

Hannah Cockcroft (T34 100m, 400m and 800m)

Winner of two golds in London 2012 and seven World Championships golds, with 15-year-old Kare Adenegan likely to be in the medals, too.

Libby Clegg (T11 100m and 200m)

Has won two Paralympic silvers and seven World Championships medals, as well as gold for Scotland in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Want to read more? Check out the September 1 edition of AW magazine for more from Stuart Weir as he looks ahead to the Rio Paralympics, while the September 8 issue includes a day-by-day look ahead to the Games.