Libby Clegg

Libby Clegg

Libby Clegg is one of Great Britain and Scotland’s most successful track and field Athletes. With one Paralympic Gold medal, two Silvers, World, European & Commonwealth Gold, the sprinter is a proven performer at elite level.

Libby suffers from a deteriorating eye condition known as Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy disease, which means she only has slight peripheral vision in her left eye, and is registered as blind.

She burst on to the scene aged just 16, winning 200m silver at the 2006 IPC Athletics World Championships and has not looked back since. Taking confidence from her World Championships Silver, Libby was determined to go to the Beijing Paralympics in 2008 and bring back another medal. She did not disappoint and took home Silver in the 100m T12 category at the young age of 18. 2009 proved to be a breakthrough for Libby as she clinched her first major title winning Gold in the 100m T12 at the Paralympic World Cup, where she also took home a Bronze in the 200m T12. Having established herself as a Championship performer, she didn’t disappoint in 2010 where she again became Paralympic World Cup Champion in the 100m T12.

2011 was a massive year for Libby with both the World Games and World Championships taking place. Going out to the World Games full of confidence off the success she had already achieved, she blew the field away in the 200m T12 to take Gold and only just missed out on winning the 100m T12 taking Silver. Going into the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, she was determined to change her Silver to Gold in the 100m T12 and that is exactly what she did, becoming the IPC World Champion as well as securing Bronze in the 200m T12.

With the excitement on the Paralympic Games in London in 2012, Libby had to compete at the European Championships where she proved too strong for anyone in both the 100m & 200m T12 becoming European Champion in both events.

With her first goals successfully completed, she could now totally focus on the London Paralympic Games. In what was a very competitive field, she ran a PB of 12.13s to take Silver in the 100m T12.

In 2013, off the high of competing at a home Olympics, Libby had to knuckle down again with the World Championships taking place in Moscow. Libby just missed out on regaining her 100m T12 crown coming second in the final and claiming another Silver in the 200m T12.

Libby started her 2014 season brilliantly, taking first place at the Glasgow Indoor International with a PB of 7.97s in the 60m, and continued this form outdoors. Her main aim for the year was always the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where she was competing for Scotland on home soil. Comfortably making it through to the final of the 100m T12, Libby stormed to victory to become Champion of the Commonwealth in a season’s best & world lead time of 12.20s. Gold on the track for Libby was the first Gold Team Scotland had received in 20 years.

Libby became the proud owner of Hattie, her guide dog in 2014, who is now a regular at the track and at her training base in Loughborough.

In 2015, Libby felt the need to restart her journey to the Rio Paralympics, and made the difficult decision to change her coach to Joe McDonnell, and guide to Chris Clarke.

In 2016, with her sight deteriorating, Libby was reclassified into the T11 classification from T12, which means she now has to wear a blindfold when racing. Her first major race in the London Anniversary Games proved that this change wouldn’t stop her breaking the world record in the T11 200m.

The highlight of Libby’s career to date is winning the Paralympic Gold medals for T11 100m in Rio 2016 Paralympics, setting a new World Record of 11.91s in the process, as well the T11 200m where she set a new Paralympic Record.

Libby is sponsored by SSE, Eukanuba, Allianz, Asics & ESPC. She is also an Ambassador for Guide Dogs UK.

 

Major Achievements:

2016 Paralympic Games, 200m GOLD- PR

2016 Paralympic Games, 100m GOLD- WR

2016 Muller Anniversary Games, 200m GOLD- WR

2014 Commonwealth Games, 100m GOLD

2013 World Championships, 100m SILVER

2013 World Championships, 200m SILVER

2012 Paralympic Games, 100m SILVER

2012 European Championships, 100m GOLD

2012 European Championships, 200m GOLD

2012 Paralympic World Cup, 200m SILVER

2011 World Championships, 100m GOLD

2011 World Championships, 200m BRONZE

2011 World Games, 200m GOLD

2011 World Games, 100m SILVER

2011 Paralympic World Cup, 200m SILVER

2011 Paralympic World Cup, 100m BRONZE

2010 Paralympic World Cup, 100m GOLD

2009 Paralympic World Cup, 100m GOLD

2009 Paralympic World Cup, 200m BRONZE

2008 Paralympic World Cup, 100m SILVER

2006, World Championships, 200m SILVER

 

Twitter: @LibbyClegg

 

October 2016

 


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