IPC World Championships: Four Scots in GB team for Doha

By Jane LewisBBC Scotland
Libby Clegg and guide runner Mikail Huggins celebrate winning the Women's Para-Sport 100m T12 at Glasgow 2014
Libby Clegg and guide runner Mikail Huggins celebrate winning the Women's Para-Sport 100m T12 at Glasgow 2014

Four Scots are among the 48 athletes named in the Great Britain team for next month's IPC World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Commonwealth gold medallist Libby Clegg, who is registered blind, will run in the T12 100m and 200m.

Glasgow-based Jo Butterfield, 35, says she is "chuffed and proud" to be selected for the club throw.

Wheelchair athlete Sammi Kinghorn will compete in three races and sprinter Maria Lyle, 15, is also in the team.

Clegg, 25, will run alongside her English guide Mikail Huggins.

The pair have celebrated success over the last couple of years. They won gold over 100m last summer in Glasgow and before that they picked up silver at the London Paralympics over the same distance.

The IPC World Championships used to take place every four years but that changed in 2011 and the event is now held every two years.

And it was in 2013 in Lyon that Clegg won silver medals in the 100m and 200m.

Sam Kinghorn
Scotland's Samantha Kinghorn competed in the Women's 1500m T54 race at Glasgow 2014

Butterfield, who was left paralysed by a tumour on her spinal cord in 2011, will be hoping to mirror her success in last year's European Championships on the world stage.

She won gold in the F32/51 club throw in Swansea and set a new European record in the process.

Though born in England, she now considers herself a Scottish and British athlete. She took up athletics only last year having played wheelchair rugby for a couple of years.

Like Butterfield, 19-year-old Kinghorn also impressed at the European Championships last year, winning a trio of gold medals in the T53 100m, 400m and 800m.

She will compete over those distances in Doha in what will be her first World Championships and gain more experience for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, for which she has already qualified.

Lyle, who has cerebral palsy, will compete in the T35 100m and 200m. She previously held the world record over those distances and will be looking to get among the medals in her debut at the World Championships.

The opening ceremony of the tournament is on 21 October with the competition running for a further 10 days.