Greenwood climbs provisional world rankings

PARA athlete Grace Greenwood is set to break into the top 15 in the world over 100m after setting a new personal best in Ireland.

T35 para athlete Grace Greenwood (16) clocked a 100m time that provisionally ranks her 13th in the world Picture: ROB CURRIE
T35 para athlete Grace Greenwood (16) clocked a 100m time that provisionally ranks her 13th in the world Picture: ROB CURRIE

The teenager, who is targeting the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris, clocked 17.90s at the Munster Games in County Tipperary to earn a provisional World Para Athletics ranking of 13th in the women’s T35 class.

Her new best – 0.3s faster than her previous – is half a second off the top ten seniors in the world and is good enough to rank her as the second-best sprinter on the planet at under-17.

Sixteen-year-old Greenwood, who has cerebral palsy, ranked fourth in Britain and 18th in the world at the end of her last season on track, in 2019. She ran 18.20s at Jersey Spartan AC’s Club Championships earlier this month and 18.91 at the Ulster and NI Senior Championships at the Mary Peters track in Belfast.

The Beaulieu student, who won two bronze medals for England at the CP World Games in 2018, is set to return to Ireland for the Belfast International in September, before travelling to the Netherlands to compete in the Dutch Para Athletics Championships in Eindhoven.

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