What to watch at the World Para Athletics Championships: Times and dates for best British medal hopes

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As Wimbledon reaches its climax this weekend, another elite sporting competition featuring the world’s best gets underway on the other side of London.

The Capital plays host to the World Para Athletics for the next two weeks, with action getting underway tonight at the London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

This year’s championships, for the first time being paired alongside the IAAF World Championships, is expected to be the biggest yet and a boon for British medals.

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More international broadcasters are signed up than ever before to show the competition, while crowd attendance records for the 23-year-old event are expected to be smashed with over 230,000 tickets sold. More than 74,000 are expected to attend this weekend alone.

So, don’t wait for everyone else to be talking about the drama on the track and field before leaving you scrambling to find highlights after the event — look out for these big British names in these potentially big moments.

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Jo Butterfield — Club throw and discus

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Gold medallist in the Club Throw at the Rio Paralympics, Jo Butterfield will look to add to her medal collection in the same event (F51) tonight at 7.20pm. Another podium place beckons tomorrow at 7.18pm in the Discus.

Hannah Cockroft — Wheelchair racer

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Cockroft is a medal-winning machine with 12 Paralympic and World titles to her name. She gets a chance to win more in the 100m T34 on opening night at 8.55pm, the 100m T42 on Monday the 17th at 7.50pm, and the 400m T34 on Thursday 20 July at 8.25pm.

Stef Reid — Long jump

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The 33-year-old long-jumper is still waiting for her first gold at medal at world level and narrowly missed out with two silvers last time she performed at the London Stadium in 2012. She looks to make the step up at 11am on Saturday.

Richard Whitehead — 200m sprinter

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Whitehead is the Usain Bolt of the 200m T42, having won gold in the last three consecutive championships. This Saturday evening at 8.29pm he can do something the great Jamaican never achieved at the Olympics and win a fourth.

Jonnie Peacock — 100m sprinter

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A gold medal hero in both the London and Rio Paralympics, Peacock races for his first gold in the World Championships on Sunday 16 July at 7pm.

Kadeena Cox — 400m sprinter

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The breakout star of Rio as a gold medal winner on both the track and he bike, Cox races in the T38 400m — which she won last year — next Friday evening.

Aled Davies — Shot put

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Aled Davies has won gold in both the discus and the shot put at the last two championships. He defends his title in the former on the morning of Sunday 16 July and the latter next Saturday evening.

Georgie Hermitage — Sprinter

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The world record holder in the T37 400m looks to defend the gold she won two years ago in the Doha at 8.35pm on Thursday 20 July. She then sprints in the T37 100m — a race she won in Rio.

Sophie Hahn — Sprinter

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Hahn is aiming to convert consecutive silvers in the T38 200m at the 2013 and 2015 world championships into gold this Saturday evening at 9.05pm. A week later, at 8pm, she defends her two golds in the T38 100m.

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