British Athletics has announced a 49-strong team for the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships ©Getty Images

British Athletics has named their team that will represent the country at the World Para Athletics Championships in London.

The 49-strong squad for the event being held between July 14 and 23 includes 21 medallists and 10 champions from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Gold medallists from the Games held in the Brazilian city include Hannah Cockroft, Aled Davies, Jonnie Peacock and Richard Whitehead, all of whom have been victorious at the Olympic Stadium in London before. 

Cockroft has been in scintillating form in recent weeks, setting a remarkable five world records in Swiss venues Arbon and Nottwill over the last fortnight.

With seven World Championships titles already to her name, Cockroft will be aiming to replicate her triple success from Doha two years ago in the T34 100 metres, 400m and 800m.

Like Cockroft, Davies and Whitehead have also been in world record setting form in 2017.

The former has thrown 17.40m in the F42 shot put and 54.85m in the F42 discus respectively and will be looking to recapture both titles he claimed in Doha two years ago.

Whitehead set a best time over 200m in Nottwil last week of 23.01sec, and will be targeting double success in the T42 100m and 200m in London.

Fellow Rio gold medallists Hollie Arnold, Paul Blake, Jo Butterfield, Kadeena Cox, Sophie Hahn and Georgie Hermitage have also been named to the squad.

Hahn is another to arrive in London in emphatic form after she set a world record in the T38 100m at the Loughborough International Athletics meeting last month.

The 20-year-old, who won the same event at Rio 2016, improved on her own previous best by 0.11sec as she crossed the finish line in 12.49 at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium.

Teenage talents Kare Adenegan and Maria Lyle will be hoping to improve on their bronze and silver medals respectively from Doha. 

Adenegan finished third in both the T34 400m and 800m while Lyle claimed two silvers in the T35 100m and 200m.

Lyle was also part of the British T35-38 4x100m relay team that won gold.

Hannah Cockroft will be aiming to defend her three gold medals from the 2015 World Championships ©Getty Images
Hannah Cockroft will be aiming to defend her three gold medals from the 2015 World Championships ©Getty Images

Elsewhere, Stephen Miller will be making his seventh appearance at a World Championships.

He will be joined by a trio of debutants.

Zak Skinner, T13 sprinter and jumper, has been in exceptional form so far in 2017, lowering his 100m personal best to 11.24 and his long jump record to 6.54m.

T20 athlete Martina Barber and T42 long jumper Luke Sinnott, an Invictus Games medallist, have also earned a call-up to their first ever senior British Athletics team.

“We have selected a very strong team for the World Para Athletics Championships in London, and I am delighted to see so many medallists from Rio lining up alongside some new faces at the senior level," said British Athletics's Para athletics head coach Paula Dunn.

"Having a home World Championship is very special for all the athletes, coaches and team staff, so we are all very honoured to be representing the British team this summer.

“We have selected five athletes who topped the podium at the Paralympic Games in 2012, so they have valuable experience of a home championship.

"I expect the British public will throw their support behind the team once more, and our team will create some unforgettable memories for them once again in the London Stadium.”

This year’s event is the first time that the World Para Athletics Championships and the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships will be held in the same city.