Para-Athletics: Cockroft and Cox to feature in World Para Championships in London

Hannah Cockroft. PIC: David Davies/PA Wire
Hannah Cockroft. PIC: David Davies/PA Wire
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Paralympic champions Jonnie Peacock and Hannah Cockroft have been named in Great Britain’s squad for the World Para-Athletics Championships in London next month.

Peacock will be aiming to reclaim the T44 100m gold medal he won in 2013 after missing the Championships two years ago through injury.

Kadeena Cox. PIC: James Hardisty

Kadeena Cox. PIC: James Hardisty

While Cockroft will be hot favourite in the sprinting events, having claimed gold in the T34 100m, 400m and 800m in Doha, before repeating the same treble at the Paralympic Games in Rio last year.

The pair will take their place in a 49-strong team, which features 21 medallists from Rio and will be hoping to match the 31 medals Britain won in 2015.

Richard Whitehead, who is bidding to clinch his fourth World Championships gold medal in the T42 200m, is also included, as is Leeds’ Kadeena Cox, who will be aiming to recapture the T37 100m gold she won two years ago.

Six-time champion David Weir was a notable absentee after he said in January he would never race for Britain again following a fall-out with wheelchair racing coach Jenni Banks.

Libby Banks, a double Paralympic champion in the T11 100m and 200m, has also missed out on the squad as she is injured.

The World Para-Athletics Championships will take place at the London Stadium from July 14 to 23 and, for the first time, in the same summer and city as the World Athletics Championships.

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.”

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