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Tassie contenders hot to trot

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Devonport para-athlete Deon Kenzie is in the Middle East gearing up for his biggest event of the year.

He's among the Tasmanian contingent at this year's IPC World Championships in Dubai, along with Launceston shotputter Todd Hodgetts and Hobart's Sam Walker.

Kenzie, who's a favourite for the 1500m T38 next week, says he's undergone gruelling heat training in Arizona to prepare for Dubai's ovenlike heat. 

"It doesn't matter whether it's two degrees or 30 degrees, you've still got to get out there and warm up, get your body ready to go," he said when questioned on how a Tasmanian deals with such conditions. 

"Maybe the time would vary between warm-ups, but overall the process is very similar." 

With the help of coaches Mike Gunson and Philo Saunders, Kenzie's preparing to dominate, after bagging silver over 1500m at the Rio Paralympics in 2016, and his first international gold medal in London at the 2017 World Para-athletics Championships. 

Hodgetts, who's already managed the world's second-furthest throw this year, says he's feeling good after some physio and is hoping to reprise his previous record-breaking form. 

"Technique's great, just got to put it out there and stick to all the one per centers," said the man known as The Hulk. 

"Use my experience, use my power, and who knows what you can expect." 

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Images: Kenzie (top) and Hodgetts (bottom) are raring to rip at the IPC World Championships (Rob Fairs)