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Greenwood achieves Tokyo Olympic Games standard

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GRACE GREENWOOD’S dream of competing at the pinnacle event in the world of disabled sport has received a sizeable boost with news that she has met the qualifying standard for the 2021 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

T35 sprinter Grace Greenwood (15) has achieved the qualifying standard for the 2021 Tokyo Paralympics, although she is unlikely to attend because only the top athlete from each nation tends to earn selection. The Islander is ranked fourth in the UK Picture: ROB CURRIE

The 15-year-old Beaulieu student, who runs in the T35 category for track athletes with cerebral palsy, discovered late last month that her 100m personal best of 18.71sec is over a second faster than the mark set by the International Paralympic Committee for the rescheduled Games next August.

However, as it stands the Islander is unlikely to travel with Team GB to Japan because, despite being ranked 19th in the world, she currently sits fourth on the British rankings

Paralympic Games track and field regulations only tend to cater for one athlete per nation in each classification and top Brit Maria Lyle is all but guaranteed a ticket to the Far East, as defending world champion and Rio 2016 bronze medallist.

A more likely scenario is that Greenwood, one of only two under-17s in the world’s top 20, will appear at the World Junior Games and Birmingham Commonwealth Games in upcoming seasons, before challenging for a spot at the 2024 Paralympics in Paris.

Greenwood – coached by Karen Le Mottée at JSAC and GB Paralympic coach Joe McDonnell – is also backed by the Jersey Sport Foundation.

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