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08.06.2017 British Athletics announce team for World Para Athletics Championships London 2017
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British Athletics yesterday announced their 49-strong team to represent the country at the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017.

The team includes English stars Jade Jones and Hollie Arnold who will no doubt be hoping for success, ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Jones competed in the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics and won silver in the T54 women’s race at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Arnold won gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympics in javelin with a world record throw of 43.01 metres and will now fight for a place in Team England for Gold Coast 2018.

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 team includes 21 medallists from the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games including Hannah Cockroft and Jonnie Peacock, who won gold in the 2012 Games.

Peacock will have the opportunity again to silence the crowds in the London Stadium after his scintillating T44 100m victory in 2012 and Dunn hopes they can create a similar atmosphere.

She said: “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.”