Libby aiming for second gold medal

Libby Clegg (picture by onEdition)
Libby Clegg (picture by onEdition)

Hopes remain high that sprinter Libby Clegg can land a double gold triumph at the Paralympics in Rio.

The Newcastleton athlete is safely through to the final of the T11 200 metres final, having already taken gold in a controversy-laden T11 100m final on Friday.

Libby (26) won her 200m semi-final alongside guide Chris Clarke after clocking 25.24 seconds.

Earlier, she had emereged safely from her heat in a time of 25.90 seconds.

Libby landed her first Paralympic gold, following silver medals last time out in London and at Beijing in 2008, in last week’s T11 100m final.

She set a new world record in the semi-final, only to be disqualified after guide Clarke was alleged to have dragged her during the race.

An appeal against that protest was successful, however, and meant Libby’s ultimately victorious place in the final was restored. A time of 11.96 seconds ensured a first Paralympic gold this year for Scotland and a first one for Libby, who also won the 100m Commonwealth title in Glasgow two years ago.

Libby, who was reclassified as a T11 athlete earlier this year, is due in action in the 200m final shortly before midnight tonight.