Libby Clegg

Libby Clegg

Libby Clegg is one of Great Britain and Scotland’s most successful track and field Athletes. With two Paralympic Gold medals, 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.

She headed off to the 2011 World Games full of confidence and blew the field away in the 200m T12 to take Gold, and only just missed out on winning the 100m T12 to take Silver. At 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.

In a strong start to 2012 Libby competed at the European Championships, leaving everyone for dust in both the 100m & 200m T12, becoming European Champion in both events. She could then totally focus on the London Paralympic Games and in what was a very competitive field, she ran a PB of 12.13s to take Silver in the 100m T12.

Success at a home Olympics gave Libby the determination to knuckle down again for the 2013 World Championships 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.

The 2014 Glasgow Indoor Internationals saw Libby achieved a PB of 7.97s in the 60m. Her focus for the year was the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, competing for Scotland on home soil. She easily made it through to the 100m T12 final, and stormed to victory to become Champion of the Commonwealth in a season’s best & world lead time of 12.20s. Libby’s Gold was the first Gold Team Scotland had received in 20 years.

That same year Libby became the proud owner of Hattie, her guide dog, who is now a regular at the track and at her training base in Loughborough. Libby has become an Ambassador for Guide Dogs UK.

A period of change started in 2015 when 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. However, 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 of 24.51s (having earlier smashed the World Record with a time of 24.44s)

Libby had a wonderful start to 2017, when she was recognised with an MBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list, for services to athletics and charity. Libby has sadly had to withdraw from the World Para Athletics Championships in London (July) due to a calf injury.

Libby is sponsored by Asics.

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

 

May 2017

 


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