Paralympian Libby Clegg sets world record in new class

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Libby Clegg stormed to victory in the T11 200m and showed impressive form ahead of the Paralympic Games as she clocked 24.44 to smash the world record with guide runner Chris Clarke at the Müller Anniversary Games on Saturday (July 23).

The five-time world T12 sprint medallist and two-time Paralympic silver medallist, who has recently been reclassified as a T11 runner which means she must now wear a blindfold, took 0.23 off a world record set by Brazil’s three-time Paralympic gold medallist Terezinha Guilhermina in 2012.

The star’s move came after it was confirmed she has lost even more of her eyesight over the past year with officials now forcing Clegg to wear a blindfold during races, leaving her guide runner Chris Clarke with even more responsibility.

“I am absolutely gobsmacked at how I have performed, I can’t believe it,” said the 26-year-old. “I have been getting better and better with every race and I’m loving every minute of it so far.”

“I have got high hopes for Rio and am feeling really positive about it. I am aware that most of my competition are Brazilian but I think it’ll be really exciting and I can’t wait to get there.”

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