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Sport | 30th August 2021

Clegg siblings compete in Tokyo



A PROUD family are hoping two of their will take Tokyo by storm when they compete at this year’s Paralympics.

Libby and Stephen Clegg are already in Tokyo ready to take part in their respective sports, with 31-year-old Libby running in the 200m T11 class and 25-year-old Stephen swimming in the S12 category.

“The whole family is amazingly proud of them,” said mum Moira Beattie.

“It’s the first time I’ve not been able to go to the games with my children who are competing, I travelled to Rio and Beijing before and it was nice to be there, but not this time.

“They’ll do fine though, they still won’t be able to see each other because they’re unable to mix due to the Covid restrictions, but they’ll be great.”

Both Libby and Stephen have visual impairments.

At the Beijing games in 2008 and again at the London games in 2012, Libby won a silver medal in the T12 100m race.

In Rio in 2016, she won gold in both the T11 200m and 100m.

Stephen won Bronze in the 100m backstroke last Friday.

For the 100m freestyle heats on Tuesday it will be 1.10am, followed hopefully by the final at 9.20am.

The 100m butterfly on 3 September, the heats take place at 2.15am, followed by a final at 10.50am.

Libby is nursing an Achilles injury with her races set to begin this Thursday at 2am for the heats, a semi-final at 1.30am the next day dependent on the result, and a final on 4 September at 11.20am.

She will also be competing in the 100m universal relay which begins at 4am on 3 September.

“Everyone has been asking after them,” added Moira.

“Stephen was brought up in Newcastleton and there are plenty excited to see him swim – he broke the world record in April for the 100m butterfly – it’s been held for eight years – so there are high hopes.”

Both follow in the footsteps of their brother James Clegg who won a bronze medal in London in 2012 in the 100m freestyle S12.

Plenty more Paralympians have hailed from Langholm too, including gold medallist Alan Corrie at the 1980 Toronto games in archery.

He he also won silver for the individual at the games in Toronto, as well as a silver medal for the men’s double team paraplegic in Arnham in the Netherlands in 1980.

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