It seems hard to believe that it’s been five years since the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics but the capital will once again play host to athletes from all over the world for the World Athletics and Para-athletics Championships.
First up is the Para-athletics with the London Stadium once again opening its doors in what is guaranteed to be the biggest edition of the Championships to date. There have been more tickets sold for this year’s competition than the last eight combined with plenty of opportunities for more heroes to be made.
The Championships get underway tonight and conclude on 23 July before the World Athletics start in August. Great Britain’s athletes will be hoping they can channel some of the energy of London 2012 when the Paralympic team racked up 120 medals.
One of those British stars hoping for success in the coming week is sprinter Jonnie Peacock MBE. The two-time Olympic 100m gold medallist has described the Olympics as ‘just a job’ highlighting how to him the World Para-athletics Championships are the main prize.
He will be hoping he can reclaim the World title he won in Lyon in 2013 after missing out through injury in 2015 and lift Britain high up the medal table. Two years ago, Britain finished fourth in the medal behind China, Russia and USA with 31 medals and so will be hoping to increase their score in London.
Another athlete who will be hoping to contribute to this is 4o year old Richard Whitehead who has made the transition from marathon running to sprinting. A three-time 200m T42 gold medallist at the World Championships, as well as having three Paralympic golds to his name, Richard is hoping to bag two more golds just a few days before his 41st birthday.
He said “If I was beaten by a 40-year-old, I’d be pretty embarrassed. I want the other athletes to be inspired by my performances. This is who I am. I’m looking forward to seeing the podium again.”
Born without the lower part of his legs, Richard has dominated the discipline for years and set a world record at London 2012.
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