Tanni Grey-Thompson’s husband accused over rival’s reclassification

Ian Thompson was ‘unethically’ involved in Anne Wafula Strike being moved out of his wife’s category, says former head coach

A former senior UK Athletics official has spoken out for the first time to condemn the role played by the husband of the 11-time Paralympic champion Tanni Grey-Thompson in the reclassification of her closest rival.

Anna Wafula Strike, who is paralysed from the chest down after contracting polio at the age of two, competed in the same T53 category as Grey-Thompson in 2006 and was edging closer to the champion’s times. However, after Ian Thompson suggested she be reassessed, Wafula Strike was reclassified into a more able-bodied category, despite her medical records going missing before the test.

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