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ParalympicsGB sends record number of female athletes to Tokyo Games

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The ton of female talent includes veteran cyclist Dame Sarah Storey, 43, who is on track to become our most decorated Paralympian yet. But the line-up will also include newcomers such as 17-year-old swimmer Ellie Challis, who almost died from meningitis as a toddler.

Penny Briscoe, the team’s chef de mission, said the 100 women and 127 men will create “many memorable moments” during the 12-day extravaganza.

Sport England expects Britain to win between 100 and 140 of the 1,617 medals up for grabs ‑ after 147 bagged in Rio 2016 and 120 in London 2012.

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