Parasport: Clegg ready to defend World title

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LIBBY CLEGG believes she is well equipped to defend her World Championship 100 metres title, which gets under way in Lyon today.

Silver on her 100m Paralympic debut at the Beijing Games in 2008, Clegg clinched gold at the World Championships in Christchurch in 2011 and also added a 200m bronze.

However, she could only manage silver in the 100m Paralympics last summer as China’s Zhou Guohua took gold, while she also missed out on the 200m final in London.

Lyon should provide a more attractive World Championships than those in Christchurch and Clegg is hopeful the very best will be ready to go.

She said: “I am the defending world champion, so I would like to defend my World Championship title from 2011. Fingers crossed I will do enough to win.

“I like major championships, I perform better at them so I am really looking forward to competing in Lyon.

“Training is going really well at the moment and I have obviously been racing and everything seems to be going in the right direction.”

Clegg, 23, is part of the 48 British athletes selected to make the trip across the Channel. However, failure to medal in the 200m in London last year is fuelling her desire to do so this time around.

Clegg added: “The 200m isn’t my strongest event and I missed out in London, so I am hoping to be able to get up in the medals. I have a few things I need to tweak, but everything is going really well right now.

“I have never competed there before, but I have heard that it’s actually a good track so I am quite looking forward to it. I will go out there and put my best performance out on the track – I can’t really do much more than that.”