Team GB head coach praises 'successful' World Para Athletics Championships

Team GB's Hannah Cockroft was one of the athletes who took to social media (PA Images)
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Great Britain's para-athletics head coach Paula Dunn says the world championships in Dubai were a 'success' ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Team GB won a total of 29 medals, including 13 golds, exceeding UK Sport's target before the tournament of 24-28.

And Dunn is happy with the performance of her athletes, although is not getting carried away ahead of the Olympic Games next year.

She said: "For me, it's been a successful championships. 

"The athletes have all competed really well, we've had personal bests, seasons bests, and world records.

"I'm very content. We're in a really good position going into Tokyo."

Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft won her fifth consecutive T34 100m title in a world record time as well as setting a new championship record in her T34 800m triumph.

Teammate Sophie Hahn also made an impact in the sprints as she won gold in both the T38 100m and 200m, breaking her own 100m world record in the process. 

Youngster Maria Lyle stepped up on the international stage to achieve her first world titles, dominating in both the T35 100m and 200m. 

"I'm comfortable that we have got athletes at home who will win medals in Tokyo," Dunn added.

"I'm not going to get hung up on the medals, I want to focus on the athletes who are here, the ones who have stepped up in November."

The championships saw the record for the most participants, with more than 1,500 athletes from 122 countries taking part.