British team named for London 2017

49 athletes will compete at their home World Championships in July. 07 Jun 2017
Jonnie Peacock, Hannah Cockroft, Aled Davies, Richard Whitehead, Jo Butterfield and Sopie Hahn pose outside London Olympic Stadium.

Jonnie Peacock, Hannah Cockroft, Aled Davies, Richard Whitehead, Jo Butterfield and Sopie Hahn pose during the announcement of the British team for London 2017.

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British Athletics has announced a 49-strong team that will represent the country at the World Para Athletics Championships from 14-23 July in London, including 21 medallists from the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Ten 2016 Paralympic Games gold medallists have been selected including Hannah Cockroft, Aled Davies, Jonnie Peacock and Richard Whitehead.

Cockroft set a remarkable five world records at the Grand Prix in Nottwil, Switzerland, earlier in June. With seven world titles already to her name, the Yorkshire born-athlete is seeking to continue her legend as she seeks to replicate her triple success from Doha, two years ago in the 100m, 400m and 800m T34.

One of the iconic moments of the 2012 Paralympic Games in the London Stadium was Peacock silencing the crowd before he captured 100m T44 gold. He will have a chance to experience that atmosphere once again on 16 July as he targets a second world title over the distance.

Like Cockroft, Davies and Whitehead have also been in world record breaking form in 2017. The former has thrown 17.40m in the shot put and 54.85m in the discus respectively and will be looking to recapture the double he achieved in Doha two years ago. Whitehead, meanwhile, lowered his best over 200m in Nottwil last week to 23.01, and will be targeting double success in the T42 100m and 200m in London.

Fellow Rio gold medallists Hollie Arnold, Paul Blake, Jo Butterfield, Kadeena Cox, Sophie Hahn and Georgie Hermitage will all be eyeing the podium on their quest for further world glory.

Teenage talents Kare Adenegan and Maria Lyle, who are already world medallists after joy in Doha 2015, will again excite the home crowds in Stratford. They will be complemented by the experienced hands in the team with Stephen Miller looking to make his seventh appearance at a World Championships representing the British team, whilst Graeme Ballard and Dan Greaves add to their wealth of Championships.

There are a trio of debutants who will represent the British team for the first time, on home soil. T13 sprinter and jumper, Zak Skinner, has been in exceptional form so far in 2017, revising his 100m personal best to 11.24 and his long jump to 6.54m. T20 athlete Martina Barber and T42 long jumper Luke Sinnott, an Invictus Games medallist, also earn a call-up to their first ever senior British Athletics team.

Great Britain’s Para athletics head coach Paula Dunn said: “We have selected a very strong team for the World Para Athletics Championships in London, and I am delighted to see so many medallists from Rio lining up alongside some new faces at the senior level. Having a home World Championship is very special for all the athletes, coaches and team staff, so we are all very honoured to be representing the British team this summer.

“We have selected five athletes who topped the podium at the Paralympic Games in 2012, so they have valuable experience of a home championship. I expect the British public will throw their support behind the team once more, and our team will create some unforgettable memories for them once again in the London Stadium.”

British Athletics Team:

Kare Adenegan –100m, 400m and 800m T34

Hollie Arnold – javelin F46

Graeme Ballard – 100m and 200m T36

Martina Barber– long jump T20

Paul Blake –100m, 200m and 400m T36

Dan Bramall – 100m T33

Olivia Breen – long jump, 100m and 4x100m relay T38

Jonathan Broom-Edwards – high jump T44

Mickey Bushell – 100m T53

Jo Butterfield – club throw and discus F51

Richard Chiassaro – 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m T54

Hannah Cockroft – 100m, 400m and 800m T34

Kadeena Cox – 100m, 200m, 400m and 4x100m relay T38

Aled Davies – shot put and discus F42

Kyron Duke – shot put F41

Sabrina Fortune – shot put F20

Toby Gold – 100m T33

Dan Greaves – discuss F44

Kylie Grimes – club throw F51

Sophie Hahn – 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay T38

James Hamilton – 800m and 1500m T20

David Henson -- 100m and 200m T42

Georgie Hermitage – 100m, 400m and 4x100m relay T37

Jordan Howe – 100m T35

Abbie Hunnisett – club throw F32

Jade Jones – 800m, 1500m and 5000m T54

Rhys Jones – 100m T37

Sophie Kamlish – 100m T44

Sammi Kinghorn – 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m T53

Maria Lyle – 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay T35

Nathan Maguire – 200m, 400m and 800m T54

Polly Maton – 100m and long jump T47

Stephen Miller – club throw F32

Stephen Morris – 800m, 1500m and 5000m T20

Jonnie Peacock – 100m T44

Gemma Prescott – club throw F32

Stefanie Reid – long jump T44

Ben Rowlings – 400m and 800m T34

Sam Ruddock – shot put F35

Zac Shaw – 100m and 200m T12

Luke Sinnott – long jump T42

Zak Skinner – 100m and long jump T13

Andrew Small – 100m T33

Laura Sugar – 100m and 200m T44

Carly Tait – 100m, 400m and 800m T34

Kieran Tscherniawsky – shot put F33

Isaac Towers – 400m and 800m T34

Vanessa Wallace – shot put F34

Richard Whitehead – 100m and 200m T42