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World champion Cox ready for the challenge on the Gold Coast

LOOKING FORWARD: Kadeena Cox

COMMONWEALTH GAMES England has announced the 18 para athletes who will represent England in the athletics events at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia next April.

The line-up includes Paralympic and world champions Sophie Hahn and Kadeena Cox, who will be competing at their first Commonwealth Games in the T38 100m. Both starred at this summer’s World Para Athletics Championships in London; Hahn winning double gold in the T38 100m and 200m, while Cox sealed the T38 400m title along with winning two further medals.

Others who starred at those Championships this summer include Richard Chiassaro who won bronze in the T54 200m in London and will take on the 1500m distance on the Gold Coast. Nathan Maguire, finalist at the World Championships, will join Chiassaro over the 1500m while T12 100m sprinter Zac Shaw will compete in his first Commonwealth Games.

They will be joined by Katrina Hart and Jade Jones, who will be looking to add to their previous Commonwealth Games experiences on the Gold Coast. Jones won a bronze medal in Glasgow 2014, while Hart claimed the gold medal in the women's 100m T37 event in Delhi 2010.

Triple world champion, Cox, said: “I am delighted to be called-up to the England team for the Commonwealth Games. I’ve been lucky enough to compete at Paralympic and World Para Athletics Championships so to get a chance to compete at these Games as well is very special and I can’t wait to race in the Gold Coast.

“It is fantastic that the para programme has grown at the Commonwealth Games; seeing such inclusivity between able bodied and para athletes. We have a really strong team. After the success of the World Para Athletics Championships earlier this year, it is great to have the opportunity to compete on the big stage again and hopefully inspire new fans to the sport.”

Team England will send a team of around 600 athletes and staff in what will be England’s largest ever team to represent the nation in an overseas sporting event. The team will compete in 18 sports, including 38 para medal events.

Martin Rush, England’s Athletics Team Leader, said: “We are delighted that these 18 athletes have accepted invitations to be part of the athletics team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. What was already a strong team is now even stronger, with the addition of a number of Paralympic and World Para Athletics Championships medallists.

“The Games afford us a welcome opportunity to send a team that combines the talents of both para and non-disability athletes and we cannot wait to see them in action.”

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