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Welsh athletes ready to defend titles at World Para Athletics Championship

Aled Davies says he will be going into the Wolrd Para Athletic European Championships as an underdog after a difficult year in the field.

Earlier this year, the Bridgend born athlete made history after he finished sixth in his first able-bodied British championship event.

The three-time double world champion has since struggled with consistency.

Aled Davies is currently Paralympic World and European Champion.

To come away from the indoors ranked 6th in Britain able bodied - I was absolutely ecstatic about. And unfortunately, it all went downhill from there.

I had a lot of breakdowns with the orthotic, it kept breaking and I couldn't build consistency in my training. It was probably been the first year where I felt where I wanted to be in the long term my disability was holding me back.

I don't know what I am capable of doing. I feel like I'm going into battle with a gun I don't know if there are any bullets in it at the moment. It could all come together or it could go horribly wrong.

I'm not one to roll over and or sit back and let someone win my event.

– Aled Davies

Nine Welsh athletes make up the 52 strong British Athletics team competing in Berlin later this month.

Wales make up 19% of the British team competing in Berlin:

  • Steve Morris
  • Rhys Jones
  • Sabrina Fortune
  • Hollie Arnold
  • Olivia Breen
  • Laura Sugar
  • Jordan Howe
  • Harri Jenkins
  • Aled Davies
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Paralympic, World and Commonwealth gold medalist Hollie Arnold will be aiming to add the European title to her name.

Arnold heads into the championship as favourite for the F46 javelin after she broke the world record on her way to gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Harri Jenkins will make his senior international debut in the T33 100m wheelchair racing event.

Jenkins, who has represented Britain in wheelchair basketball, is ranked world number 2 in the T33m and is European lead over the distance.

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I'm going in as European lead so I think I've got a good shot of at least getting on the podium but obviously I want to go out there and win.

– Harri Jenkins, T33 100m
Olivia Breen celebrates winning gold in the Women's T38 Long Jump Final on day four of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Credit: PA Images

Injury means Olivia Breen will not be competing in the T38 long jump where she won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Instead she will be focusing on defending her T38 100m crown from the European Championship in Grosseto two years ago.

Jordan Howe will be looking to reach the podium after winning a silver medal in the T35 at the 2017 Para World Championships in London.

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Rhys Jones, who represented Team GB in at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, is looking for a podium finish to add to the bronze he won at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Jones will be competing in both the T37 100m and 200m is coached by four-time Olympian sprinter Christian Malcolm.

I just want to go out there and be the best that I can be. I want to medal. Obviously you want to medal because that's what you're there for. you don't go out there to be second best. Anything that I come away with; whether it's a personal best, whether it's a gold medal a silver medal or a bronze medal it's a bonus.

– Rhys Jones, T37 100m & 200m
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The World Para Athletics European Championships will take place in Berlin, Germany from the 20-26 August.