Medal-laden Para-athletics World Championships boost Great Britain's hopes of golden 2020 Games in Tokyo

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IPC World ParaAthletics Championships 2017 London - Day Ten
Sammi Kinghorn on her second gold of the Para-athletics World Championships on Sunday (Source: Getty)

Great Britain have laid the foundations for a successful 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, according to head coach Paula Dunn, after finishing the Word Para-athletics Championships with their best medal tally for 19 years.

Wheelchair racer Sammi Kinghorn won her second gold of the event during Sunday's final day by taking first place in the T53 100m, having already won the 200m.

That ensured Great Britain finished with 18 golds, the best since the Birmingham championships in 1998 when there were more events, while their overall tally of 39 medals exceeded their medal target by 12.

“A year after the Paralympic Games we are in a strong position,” said Dunn. “This is a very highly motivated group of people, we are all working together and they know what they need to do to achieve their goals in Tokyo and what they need to work on.”

Great Britain finished third in the medal table, improving on their fifth-place finish in 2013.