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Six named in ParalympicsGB team for first ever para-canoe event at Rio 2016

ParalympicsGB select six athletes for Rio 2016's para-canoe event, the first ever to be held at a Games.

Six athletes have been chosen for the ParalympicsGB team for the first ever para-canoe event to be held at a Games.

Jeanette Chippington, Emma Wiggs, Nick Beighton, Anne Dickens, Ian Marsden and Rob Oliver will represent Britain at Rio 2016 this September.

Rob Oliver, Anne Dickens, Jeanette Chippington, Emma Wiggs, Ian Marsden and Nick Beighton pose after announcement of para-canoe athletes named in ParalympicsGB team on June 14, 2016© Getty Images

Chippington, Wiggs and Beighton are no strangers to the Paralympics as they competed in swimming, volleyball and rowing respectively in previous Games.

Dickens, Marsden and Oliver will be making their Paralympic debuts for the British programme, which was created in 2011.

Para-canoe programme manager Steve Harris said: "It has been a hugely exciting journey over the last five years to get to this point where we are announcing our team for the Paralympic Games in Rio, where para-canoe will make its debut.

"We have a hugely talented and committed group of athletes, backed 100% by our coaches and support staff as well as the National Lottery through UK Sport. I am confident we will go to Rio as one of the very best prepared teams in the world and we will do everything possible to deliver and contribute to the success of ParalympicsGB."

All of the athletes claimed national titles in their respective classifications during trials at the National Spring Regatta earlier this month.

ParalympicsGB para-canoe team:

Nick Beighton (KL2)
Jeanette Chippington (KL1)
Anne Dickens (KL3)
Ian Marsden (KL1)
Rob Oliver (KL3)
Emma Wiggs (KL2)

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· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

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· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

· Bradley Forbes-Cryans will be looking to emulate Rio gold medallist Joe Clarke in the men's kayak event (6am-9am)

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