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British Paralympic sprint star Jonnie Peacock will defend his 100m title in the Paralympics in Rio after he gained selection for the team on Tuesday.



The 23-year-old -- one of 41 athletes to be added to the 13 selected in June -- said he would face some stiff opposition but was ready to show his amazing performance in London was not a one-off.



He said there would be some 'incredibly fast times in Rio' but he is primed to 'give a performance to be proud of'.



Peacock is part of a strong team, which also includes legend David Weir, who won four Paralympic titles in London, and Libby Clegg, who is fresh from breaking the 200m world record at last weekend's IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final.





The most experienced member of the team will be 36-year-old Stephen Miller, who will be bidding to make up for the huge personal disappointment of failing to medal in London despite being the captain of the athletics team.



The team's chef de mission Penny Briscoe was bubbling with confidence at the medal prospects.



"I know there is serious medal potential here," said Briscoe.



However, there is not just experienced Paralympians in the athletics squad but also debutants such as David Henson.



The former captain in the British Army, who lost his legs when he stepped on a bomb during a tour of duty of Afghanistan, will compete in the 200m against compatriot and defending champion Richard Whitehead.



"This is the real pinnacle of our sport," Henson said. "I can't wait to go out and compete in Brazil and give a lifetime-best performance on the track."



The Paralympics run from September 7 through to the 18th. afp