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David Weir will bid for further success at the Rio Paralympics.

David Weir headlines the first group of Paralympians heading to Rio

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Four-time London 2012 champion David Weir headlined a first wave of 13 athletes selected to compete for Great Britain at the Rio Paralympics.

The wheelchair racer will bid to land at least another two gold medals in Brazil as he competes in the T54 1500 metres and marathon.

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Joining the 37-year-old on the Great Britain team are fellow Paralympic champions Aled Davies, who will compete in the F42 shot put, Hannah Cockroft, who goes in the T34 100m, 400m and 800m and Richard Whitehead, who races in the T42 200m, ParalympicsGB announced on Thursday.

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Weir said: " To be a part of ParalympicsGB once again is a huge honour. My first appearance came back in 1996 and the feeling of representing my country is as strong as it was when I put on the British vest in Atlanta.

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"My performances on the track at the IPC Athletics European Championships (he won three golds in Grosseto earlier this month) showed that I'm still competitive with the best in the world and will be looking to put myself amongst the medals once again in Rio.

"London 2012 was beyond my wildest expectations, so to have the opportunity to go and do it all again at my fifth Games fills me with huge excitement.

"The team has gone from strength to strength in the last few years and I'm sure we'll show once again that we're a force to be reckoned with."

World champions Paul Blake, Sophie Hahn, Maria Lyle, Georgina Hermitage, Jo Butterfield and Hollie Arnold were also selected.

Paula Dunn, team leader for para-athletics and head coach of the Paralympic programme at British Athletics, said: "Last year in Doha (at the IPC World Championships) we secured our largest haul of medals since 1998, which highlights the strength in depth across the whole spectrum of events.

"Those performances combined with a record-breaking showing at the recent IPC Athletics European Championships will see us go into the Games full of confidence."

The remaining British athletes selected for the Rio Paralympics will be confirmed in late July.

Selected athletes:

Hollie Arnold (F46 javelin)

Paul Blake (T36 400m, 800m)

Dan Bramall (T33 100m)

Jonathan Broom-Edwards (F44 high jump)

Jo Butterfield (F51 club throw)

Aled Davies (F42 shot put)

Hannah Cockroft (T34 100m, 400m, 800m)

Sophie Hahn (T38 100m)

Georgina Hermitage (T37 100m, 400m)

Maria Lyle (T35 100m, 200m)

Mel Nicholls (T34 800m)

David Weir (T54 1500m, marathon)

Richard Whitehead (T42 200m)

Additional events may be confirmed at a later date.

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