Countries name teams for World Para Athletics Championships

An intellectually impaired runner

The USA’s Breanna Clark celebrates winning gold in the women’s 400m T20 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images for Tokyo 2020).

By World Intellectual Impairment Sport

A series of countries have named top athletes with intellectual impairments to their teams for the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships, which get underway in London, Great Britain, on 14 July.

The hosts have selected four athletes to compete in T20 and F20 events on the track and field, choosing a mix of youth and experience amongst their 49-strong team as Para athletics returns to the Olympic Park.

Sabrina Fortune will get to experience the roar of a home crowd as the women’s shot put Rio 2016 Paralympic Games bronze medallist.

Middle distance runners James Hamilton and Stephen Morris will go head-to-head in the men’s 800m and 1,500m. Morris will also go for the podium in the 5,000m.

Martina Barber, 22, makes her World Championships debut in the long jump.

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.”

The 2019 International Federation for Intellectual Disability Sport (World Intellectual Impairment Sport) Global Games hosts Australia are sending two field athletes to London.

Defending men’s shot put world champion Todd Hodgetts takes his place alongside long jumper Nicholas Hum.

Amongst the team representing the USA is Breanna Clark. The 22-year-old made a stunning debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games by winning gold in the women’s 400m.

Compatriot Michael Brannigan is the men’s 1,500m Paralympic and world title holder. He will also be looking to improve on his silver medal from the 2015 Worlds in Doha, Qatar, in the 5,000m.

Kaitlyn Bounds and Michael Murray complete the US line-up.

Paralympic Games hosts Brazil are looking to build on a solid performance from Rio 2016.

Daniel Tavares will try to defend his men’s 400m world title from Doha as the new Paralympic champion and world record holder.

Long jumper Alain Villamarin will compete at his second World Championships for Argentina.

The 2017 World Para Athletics Championships will be held in the same city as the IAAF World Championships for the first time.

London will host approximately 1,300 athletes contesting 213 medal events across 10 days of competition in all classifications.

Tickets and more information is available at the event website.