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Athletics | 27th June 2019

Clegg back on the track


DOUBLE Paralympic champion sprinter Libby Clegg is back training on the track after having her first baby in the spring.
Libby, who is registered blind, and her partner, Dan Powell, had a boy they named Edward. Libby, 29, has family in both Langholm and Newcastleton.
She won two silvers in 100m and 200m at the London Paralympics and went one better in Rio, winning two golds.
After becoming pregnant, she carried on training for as long as she could but her return to running was hampered when she had to have an emergency C-section after the baby was two weeks late.
She always planned to get herself back to fitness in time for the world championships in November.
In an interview with BBC Sport she said: “After Rio and reaching the pinnacle of my career and being incredibly successful and fulfilling my ultimate dream, it sadly didn’t feel that great when I got home.
“About a month after Rio, I had really bad mental health issues and I kind of just felt really numb and that I didn’t really have a purpose in life any more and four years on to Tokyo seemed like a long way off.”
Despite injuries to two guide runners she was determined to compete at Tokyo.
“I think I ended up stopping running about 30 weeks and continued to do gym and bike sessions right up until 38 weeks pregnant,” she said.
Being blind and a mother gives her another challenge.
She said: “Nappy changes are really interesting. I’ve got a little routine I do now to make sure I’ve got everything but there’s been a few times where he’s just ended up in the bath because it’s just been too messy.”

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