British group for Paralympics begins to take form

British team for Paralympics starts to take shape

A dozen GB athletes have been named within the first wave of alternatives for the Tokyo Paralympics this summer season

Sophie Hahn, Hannah Cockroft and Aled Davies are amongst 12 British athletes chosen to signify ParalympicsGB on the Tokyo Paralympics later this 12 months.

The trio gained gold in Rio 5 years in the past, as did Hollie Arnold, Jo Butterfield and Richard Whitehead, all of whom have additionally been picked on this first wave of alternatives.

5-time Paralympic champion Cockroft, who lowered her personal world information within the girls’s T34 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m in Switzerland final month, is joined by fellow T34 wheelchair racer and Rio 2016 silver and bronze medallist, Kare Adenegan, within the girls’s T34 100m and 800m.

Hannah Cockroft (Getty)

For Whitehead and Davies, Tokyo might be their third summer season Video games – each claimed gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016. Whitehead has been chosen to compete within the T61 200m, whereas Davies will go within the F63 shot put.

Hollie Arnold – chosen for her fourth Video games – might be trying to defend the title she gained 5 years in the past within the girls’s F46 javelin, whereas reigning world champion Jonathan Broom-Edwards – a silver medallist at Rio 2016 – is chosen within the T64 excessive bounce. Sabrina Fortune, who gained her first world title in 2019 so as to add to the bronze she gained in Rio, will line up within the girls’s F20 shot put.

Reigning Paralympic, world, European and Commonwealth champion, Sophie Hahn will go for a tilt at her second T38 100m Paralympic title in Japan.

Scottish sprinter Maria Lyle, who gained three Paralympic medals in Brazil 5 years in the past, was in terrific kind on the current European Championships, claiming two golds to take her tally of European titles to eight since making her debut in 2014. The 21-year-old will compete within the T35 100m and 200m in Tokyo.

Maria Lyle (IPC)

Lyle’s compatriot and defending Paralympic F51 membership throw champion, Jo Butterfield, completes the duo of Tokyo-bound Scots on this first wave of chosen athletes.

Thomas Younger, 20,  makes his Paralympic debut after spectacular performances on the European and world stage lately, together with T38 100m gold the European Para Athletics Championships earlier this month.

Nice Britain and Northern Eire completed third within the para-athletics medals desk at Rio 2016, behind China and USA.

Para Athletics Head Coach Paula Dunn stated: “I’m more than happy to verify our first wave of athletes for this summer season’s Paralympic Video games. It has been an extended await these athletes, however this can be a vital milestone of their profession, so I hope they savour this second and replicate on their achievement to date and use it to gasoline them within the closing few weeks of preparation for the Video games.”

The remainder of the para-athletics group might be introduced on July 21.

GB Paralympics alternatives

Kare Adenegan (Job King, Coventry) – Ladies’s T34 100m and 800m
Hollie Arnold (David Turner, Blackheath and Bromley) – Ladies’s F46 Javelin
Jonathan Broom-Edwards (Graham Ravenscroft, Newham and Essex Beagles) – Males’s T64 Excessive Soar
Jo Butterfield (Phil Peat / Shona Malcolm, Forth Valley Flyers) – Ladies’s F51 Membership Throw
Hannah Cockroft (Jenni Banks, Leeds) – Ladies’s T34 100m and 800m
Aled Davies (Ryan Spencer-Jones, Cardiff) – Males’s F63 Shot Put
Sabrina Fortune (Ian Robinson, Deeside) – Ladies’s F20 Shot Put
Sophie Hahn (Leon Baptiste, Charnwood) – Ladies’s T38 100m
Maria Lyle (Jamie Bowie, Group East Lothian) – Ladies’s T35 100m and 200m
Andrew Small (Rick Hoskins, Stockport) – Males’s T33 100m
Richard Whitehead (Keith Antoine, Southwell) – Males’s T61 200m
Thomas Younger (Joe McDonnell, Charnwood) – Males’s T38 100m

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