International Women's Day: Women to watch

To celebrate International Women's Day, here are six of the incredible female athletes who you can watch at the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 this July.

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Nationality: British
Event: T34 100m

Virtually unbeatable since she first pulled on a senior British vest in 2011, Cockroft has cemented her status as one of the stars of para sport. She has amassed seven world and five Paralympic golds in that time. The 24-year-old wheelchair racer will look to add three more to her ever-growing tally, starting with the 100m on the opening night.

Where to see Hannah:
Session 1, Friday 14 July


Nationality: USA
Event: T54 1500m

Formidable from 100m all the way up to the marathon, McFadden is a mega star of para sport. The American boasts 16 Summer Paralympic and 15 World Para Athletics Championship medals, a glut of big city marathon wins and holds world records over five distances. She also won silver in cross- country skiing at the 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics. McFadden is a relentless competitor.

Where to see Tatyana:
Session 3, Saturday 15 July


Nationality: British
Event: T38 200m

One of the young generation in para sport who has shone in the glow of the London 2012 legacy. Hahn came onto the scene the following year and won 100m gold at the World Championships in Lyon and then again in Doha where she set the current world record. The sprinter with cerebral palsy won her first Paralympic gold last year and will hope her star continues burning brightly at her home championships.

Where to see Sophie:
Session 3, Saturday 15 July


Nationality: British
Event: T11 200m

Since being reclassified in 2016, Clegg has gained a new lease of life and ended the year as a double T11 Paralympic champion over the 100 and 200m. Injuries prevented her from contending for honours two years ago in Doha, but left with gold the last time she competed on home soil in a championship environment at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. She’ll be looking to use the home crowd to her advantage once more. 

Where to see Libby:
Session 4, Sunday 16 July


Nationality: British
Event: T37 400m

Inspired by the success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Hermitage came back into athletics at a relatively late age. Since then she
has gone on to become a world and Paralympic champion. With a young daughter likely to be sat in the crowd this summer, Hermitage will hope she can have the same impact on future generations that the 2012 Paralympics had on her as an adult.

Where to see Georgie:
Session 11, Thursday 20 July 


Nationality: Dutch
Event: T44 200m

The Dutch sprinter is the face of female blade running and has been a dominant force in her category for five years. Since making her Paralympic debut in 2012 where she won silver and gold in the 100m and 200m, respectively, van Rhijn has an unblemished championship record over the distances, making her the undoubted favourite in London this year.

Where to see Marlou:
Session 16, Sunday 23 July

Tickets to the World Para Athletics Championships went back on sale on Wednesday 8 March. Tickets to all sessions are available at ticket