Libby Clegg

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Libby Clegg
Personal information
Full name Elizabeth Clegg
Nationality British
Born (1990-03-24) 24 March 1990 (age 24)
Bollington, England
Website www.elizabethclegg.co.uk
Sport
Country  Great Britain
Sport Athletics
Event(s) T12 100m
T12 200m
Club Charnwood
Coached by Keith Antoine
Achievements and titles
Paralympic finals 2008, 2012

Elizabeth "Libby" Clegg (born 24 March 1990 in Bollington, Cheshire) is a Scottish Paralympic sprinter who has represented both Scotland and Great Britain at international events. She represented Great Britain in the T12 100 m and 200 m at the 2008 Summer Paralympics,[1] winning a silver medal in the T12 100 m race.[2]

Career history[edit]

Clegg has a deteriorating eye condition known as Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy disease giving her only slight peripheral vision in her left eye – she is registered blind. Clegg has only peripheral vision in her left eye and runs with the aid of guide runner Mikail Huggins, the step son of Libby's former guide Lincoln Asquith. In January 2011, she competed in the IPC World Athletic Championships. Whilst there she took a bronze in the 200m. Clegg is a Paralympic silver medallist and current World Champion in the T12 100m and 200m sprints. She was one of the major success stories from the recent IPC World Championships in New Zealand and IBSA World Championships in Turkey.

In June 2012, Clegg won the 100m and 200m at the IPC Athletics European Championships.[3]

Clegg won silver at the London Paralympics on 2 September 2012 in the T12 100m.[4] Clegg and guide Mikail Huggins broke the European record in the final.

In October 2012, Clegg won "Para Athlete of the Year" at the Scottishathletics awards. Fellow GB Paralympian David Weir presented her with the award.[5] She won the award again in October 2013.[6]

In 2013, Clegg won double silver at the IPC World Championships in Lyon clocking 12.23 and 25.31 over 100m and 200m respectively. Clegg is sponsored by the property marketing business ESPC. Clegg participated in work experience for ESPC in 2008 during her time at The Royal Blind School.

Her brother, James, also competed in the pool in the S12 category at London 2012.[7]

Clegg won the 2014 Commonwealth Games T11/T12 100m with a run of 12.20 seconds, a world-leading time for the year. [8]

Due to illness, Clegg was unable to defend her European title in Swansea shortly after the Commonwealth Games, but will be looking ahead to medal success at the IPC World Championships in Doha next year and the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC Sport - GB Paralympic team for Beijing, 24 July 2008
  2. ^ "Pistorius wins dramatic 100m gold". BBC Sport. 9 September 2008. 
  3. ^ Clegg "About Libby Clegg". channel4.com. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Hart, Simon (2 September 2012). "Paralympics 2012: Libby Clegg makes it a family double as parents and boyfriend sprint between stadiums to see it". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Libby joy at landing Haven Para Athlete of Year". scottishathletics.org.uk. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Child Crowned Athlete of the Year Scottishathletics. 27-10-2013. Retrieved 30-06-2014.
  7. ^ British Paralympic Association - James Clegg
  8. ^ "Libby Clegg strikes gold". bbc.co.uk. 28 July 2014. 

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