Tasmanians Todd Hodgetts and Deon Kenzie competing at world para athletics championships

Green and gold: Newstead shot putter Todd Hodgetts will be returning to the London venue where he won a Paralympic gold medal in 2012.

Green and gold: Newstead shot putter Todd Hodgetts will be returning to the London venue where he won a Paralympic gold medal in 2012.

Tasmanian pair Todd Hodgetts and Deon Kenzie are both gunning for gold at their third world para athletics championships.

The event is being held at the same London venue where Hodgetts claimed a  2012 Paralympic title and having also won bronze and gold medals at previous world championships in Lyon (2013) and Doha (2015), the Newstead Athletics product will again be targeting the top step of the dais.

The same could be said for middle-distance runner Kenzie whose previous world championship campaigns both yielded bronze medals and who has also claimed a Paralympic silver and a home-state world record.

The 21-year-old, of Forth, was due to be the first Australian track athlete in action in the heats of the T38 800 metres on Friday night (English time) hoping to qualify for Sunday’s final.

Coached by Athletics Tasmania president Mike Gunson, Kenzie, who has cerebral palsy affecting the right-side of his body, has a season’s best of 2:02.89.

Kenzie and Hodgetts

Kenzie and Hodgetts

He will also contest the 1500m next Saturday having won a bronze medal in Doha in 2015 and a silver at the Paralympics in Rio, both won by Tunisian Abbes Saidi.

Melbourne-based Hodgetts, 29, is one of five Australians defending their world titles at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The former weightlifter, who has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, is due to compete in the F20 shot put next Saturday. His personal best is 16.59m while Malaysian Muhammad Zolkefli holds the world record of 16.84m, set at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio where Hodgetts finished third.

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