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Libby Clegg secures Britain's sixth gold at IPC Worlds

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Highlights - GB's Libby Clegg storms to 100m gold

Libby Clegg took Great Britain's gold medal haul to six with victory in the 100m for visually impaired athletes at the Paralympic World Championships.

The 20-year-old, who won bronze in the T12 200m earlier in the week, clocked 12.73 seconds to win by 0.02 seconds.

"This is going to give me such a lot to build on going into London [in 2012]," said Clegg, who is registered blind.

Stephen Miller (club throw), Sophia Warner (T35 100m) and Stef Reid (T44 200m) all won bronze medals.

The Great Britain and Northern Ireland team has won six gold, five silver and 10 bronze medals so far at the event in New Zealand, which is the last major event for Paralympic track-and-field athletes before London 2012.

Three-time world champion Miller admitted he did not have the best of competitions at the QEII Stadium in Christchurch, but produced a throw of 31.25m, his first of more than 30m, with his last attempt to finish third.

"I didn't throw well so I really had to pull it out on the last throw," said the Gateshead athlete.

"I know I'm a lot better than that but the worst case scenario would have been to go home with nothing so to take bronze is amazing.

"I definitely need to work on my consistency. I didn't do myself justice and I have to do better than that in London [in 2012]."

Miller's team-mate Thomas Green finished seventh on his full international debut.

Reid ran a season's best 28.96 seconds in the T44 200m - and event for amputees - to earn her second bronze of the competition, after coming third in Monday's long jump.

"I won bronze in Beijing [at the 2008 Paralympics] but this means so much more because I earned it in a race where nobody fell," she said, referring to the race in China where two athletes crashed out of contention.

France's Marie Amelie Lefur, a double silver medallist in Beijing, won the gold in a new championship record of 27.96 seconds.

Warner set a personal best and new European record of 17.71 seconds in finishing third in the T35 100m.

The 36-year-old, who has recently switched her training base to UK Athletics' national performance centre at Lee Valley in London, said: "I've changed the way I train and I've focused so much more on strength.

"I've been concentrating on getting my start right and I think I did that. I got stronger as the race went on so that bodes well for the 200m."

Elsewhere Tracey Hinton, who won T11 200m bronze earlier in the championships, finished fourth in the T11 100m, while World Junior champion Aled Davies was also just outside the medals in the men's F42 shot putt with a throw of 12.84m.

Shelley Woods finished fifth in the T54 800m in one minute 55.97, almost five seconds behind winner Tatyana McFadden of the United States.

Teenager Jade Jones had a busy day, finishing eighth in the T54 800m in the morning session and fifth in the T54 200m after lunch while Sally Brown, who like Jones is only 15, was sixth in the T46 100m.



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