Soldier In IED Blast Is Now A Long Jump Medal Contender

Former Serviceman Luke Sinnott will make his debut for the British Team at the World Para Athletics Championships in London next month.

The Afghanistan veteran will be vying for the UK's first ever long jump medal in the T42 event.

He was badly injured in 2011 while serving with the Royal Engineers. He took the full force of an IED blast resulting in the loss of both legs above the knee.

It was the recovery process which put him on the path towards elite athlete status as sport played a significant role in his rehabilitation.

In the few years that Luke has been competing in the long jump he's already broken into the global top 10. Gradually he's nudging ever closer to that prized podium finish and, who know, but by Tokyo 2020 he could be one of the favourites for gold.

The World Para Athletics Championships are in London from July 14-23 with Luke bidding for glory on the 18th.

Watch the video to learn more about Luke's journey.