5 Facts About...Leila Adzhametova

The lowdown on Ukraine's big sprint medal hope at London 2017. 27 Jun 2017
Leila Adzhametova - Rio 2016

Leila Adzhametova - Rio 2016


Ukrainian ‘One to Watch’ Leila Adzhametova lines up in the T13 sprints at next month’s World Para Athletics Championships in London, Great Britain. Here’s what you need to know:

Five Facts About Leila Adzhametova

1) Adzhametova beat South African world champion Ilse Hayes at her first international race in Nottwil, Switzerland, in May last year - breaking Hayes' 100m T13 world record in the process.

2) She won a special Order of Merit from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for her achievements at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

3) The 23-year-old went on to lower her own world record further on her way to 100m T13 gold in Rio.

4) She also won Paralympic bronze in the 400m T13 with a personal best time.

5) Adzhametova took up athletics aged 11 and is from Kharkiv, the second-biggest city in Ukraine.