2013 - IPC Athletics World Championships 100m & 200m silver
2012 - Paralympics Games 100m silver
IPC Athletics European Championships 100m & 200m gold
Libby Clegg is one of Great Britain and Scotland’s most successful track and field athletes of recent years. With two Paralympic Games Silvers, World Championship Gold and European Championship 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 in 2006, Libby was determined to go to Beijing and bring back another medal. She did not disappoint and took home Silver in the 100m T12 category at the very 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 she was determined to change that 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 first put her sights on 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. Libby just missed out on regaining her 100m T12 crown coming second in the final and claiming another Silver in the 200m T12.
2014 is going to be a massive year for Libby with the Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow. She has been selected for the 100m T12 and will be looking to become Champion of the Commonwealth on July 28th. She has started her season brilliantly, taking first place at the Glasgow Indoor International with a PB of 7.97s and has continued this form outdoors. Most recently, she competed at the Hampden track ahead of the Commonwealth Games in the Glasgow Diamond League event, where she ran a SB of 12.40s. She knows there is still a lot to come from her this season and is hoping to become only the 2nd T12 female sprinter to break the 12s barrier.
Libby is now the proud owner of Hattie, her guide dog. She went through a number of stages at the beginning of 2014 and successfully completed all her training to have Hattie full time in May.
Libby is sponsored by BP, ESPC, Strathmore Water, SSE, Kukri & Scotrail. She is also an ambassador for the Royal Blind Charity.
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