A change of class to T11 in 2016 resulted in a change of fortune for Clegg who went on to complete the sprint double at Rio 2016.
In the 100m T11 heats in Rio, Clegg opened with a European record of 12.17 seconds and then clocked a world record 11.91 in the semi-finals.
The final was an absolute thriller. Clegg crossed the line in 11.96, 0.02 seconds ahead of China’s Guohua Zhou. World champion Cuiqing Liu was third.
Full of confidence, Clegg went on to secure gold in the 200m T11 smashing the Paralympic record in the final with a time of 24.51.
She was named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2017.
Rio was Clegg’s third Paralympics. At London 2012 she won 100m T12 silver, a medal she also won in the same event in Beijing in 2008.
Clegg has competed in four World Championships, making her debut in 2006. She has since won five world medals, including 100m T12 gold at the 2011 World Championships in New Zealand.
In 2014 she won 100m T12 Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow, Great Britain. Illness limited her performances at the 2014 European Championships and an ankle injury sustained whilst warming up for a race in Doha, Qatar, cut short her 2015 World Championships.
Clegg took up Para athletics at age nine, the same age she was diagnosed with Stargardt macular dystrophy, a condition resulting in her having only slight peripheral vision in her left eye.
Her younger brother James won a bronze medal in swimming at the London 2012 Paralympics, and her partner Dan Powell competed in judo at the same event. Her younger brother Stephen participated in swimming at the Rio 2016 Games.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
She suffered an ankle injury in the warm-up ahead of the 200m semifinal at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. The injury forced her out of the championships. (bbc.co.uk, 26 Oct 2015)
A viral infection prevented her from competing at the 2014 European Championships in Swansea, Wales. (bbc.com, 23 Feb 2016)
She injured her hip in 2007. (uka.org.uk, 18 Jan 2010)
She was named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2017 New Year's Honours list. (bbc.com, 31 Dec 2016)
She received the Findlay Calder Trophy for Athlete of the Year from Scottish Disability Sport in 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016. (scottishdisabilitysport.com, 01 Jan 2019)
She was named Scottish Athletics Para Athlete of the Year in 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016. (scotstats.net, 01 Jan 2019)
She received the George Dallas Memorial Trophy in 2014 from Scottish Athletics. The award recognises distinction in or contribution to athletics in Scotland. (scottishathletics.org.uk, 25 Nov 2014)
She became a mother for the first time in April 2019 after giving birth to her son Edward. She had returned to training by June of that year, finding new motivation and focus even though she noticed a number of changes to her body. "My body isn't my own any more, it feels completely different and really alien. It has gradually got better as the weeks have gone on. I'm improving, but your priorities change. I was desperate to get back on the track about two weeks after I had had him. He is my world, that totally changes your priorities in that sense. I want to put everything into my training. Every moment I'm away from him, I want to make sure it is worthwhile." (bbc.co.uk, 10 Nov 2019, 25 Jun 2019)
During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 she spoke about the difficulties of training as a visually impaired athlete when her physical contact with guide Chris Clarke and coach Joe McDonnell was limited. "Not being able to run attached is really hard and we've had to up the verbal communication, which Chris himself would say he's not the best at. We've had to really work on it because it usually is a physical communication so that's been difficult and I'm not able to run to my flat-out speed. Even things like going into the gym, the staff can help you find equipment but they can't pick anything up for you, they're not allowed to touch anything. It's just made things all a little bit more difficult. I was going on to the 4G pitch during the lockdown and Joe was meeting me there. Obviously, he was not allowed to technically coach me. But he was letting me know if I was running near the fence. It's not ideal but that's all I was able to do. I obviously can't run on a road or a normal field because there's divots and it's quite dangerous when you can't see anything. And if I trip and twist my ankles, that's really not very good. A lot of blind people are quite tactile as well. So, if I go to the supermarket, for example, I pick things up and feel it. Like, pasta, rice, whatever. You feel it, right? Well, you can't really do that." (bbc.co.uk, 25 Aug 2020; athleticsweekly.com, 30 Jun 2020)
DANCING ON ICE
In 2020 she took part in the British competition television show 'Dancing on Ice'. "It's been a learning process. On the track I run with a guide runner and we're attached all the time. It's like learning a different vocabulary to communicate. Myself and my [ice skating] partner Mark Hanretty use touch and verbal communication. I'm not as bad as I thought I was going to be, but it's not as easy as it looks. It's very technical. Paula [Dunn, British Para athletics head coach] expressed it's really not the best year to do it and I completely agree with her, but these opportunities don't come around very often. I felt like if I didn't take it I'd regret not doing it. I weighed up the options and it gives me an opportunity to get myself in front of a different audience and open other doors for me. I've got a son now so I need to think about financially making the most of situations." (express.co.uk, 26 Jan 2020; telegraph.co.uk, 06 Nov 2019)
She struggled to return to training after the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she had won two gold medals. "After Rio and reaching the pinnacle of my career and being incredibly successful and fulfilling my ultimate dream, it sadly didn't feel that great when I got home. About a month after Rio, I had really bad mental health issues and I kind of just felt really numb and that I didn't really have a purpose in life any more. Four years on to Tokyo seemed like a long way off." (bbc.co.uk, 25 Jun 2019)
In December 2020 she was one of six athletes appointed to the British Paralympic Association [BPA]
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