Dubai 2019: Ones to Watch - Top female athletes

Ten international stars who can make the headlines during the World Para Athletics Championships in November 30 Oct 2019
a female vision impaired runner and her guide running on the track
Cuba's Omara Durand in action during the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games is one of the stars of Dubai 2019
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By World Para Athletics

World Para Athletics has announced its Ones to Watch ahead of the 2019 World Championships which kick off in Dubai, UAE, on 7 November.

These are top female athletes who have the potential to make headlines at the biggest Para sport event of the year. 

More than 1,400 athletes from 122 countries are set to compete in the ninth edition of the Worlds. 

Deja Young, USA 

The two-time Paralympic champion will be defending her 100m and 200m T47 world titles. She comes to Dubai following a hat-trick of titles at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games in August.

Diana Dadzite, Latvia

The Latvian followed her gold medal performance at the Rio 2016 Games with three world titles at the London 2017 Worlds. She will compete in the women’s discus throw F55 and javelin F56 in Dubai. 

Hongzhuan Zhou, China

The Chinese wheelchair racer has dominated the T53 class for more than a decade with six Paralympic and seven World Championships gold medals to her name.

Kadeena Cox, Great Britain

A double Paralympic champion in two different sports (Para athletics and cycling), the 28 year old will be searching for her third World Championships gold.

Leilia Adzhametova, Ukraine

The Ukrainian vision impaired sprinter followed her first Paralympic gold in Rio with a hat-trick  of gold medals at the London 2017 World Championships.

Marlene van Gansewinkel, Netherlands

The T64 sprinter is ready to keep the Dutch tradition among blade runners and will be the name to beat after breaking the 100m world record at the Nottwil GP five months ago.

Omara Durand, Cuba

The five-time Paralympic champion has already left her mark in 2019 after putting her handprints alongside those of Usain Bolt during the Parapan Am Games. She also took three golds in Peru.

Raoua Tlili, Tunisia

Tlili has won gold at every Paralympic event she has competed in and completed another double-double at London 2017 winning the shot put and the discus throw F41.

Vanessa Low, Australia

The German-born Paralympic champion will make her major competition debut for Australia. The women’s long jump T63 final against Italy’s Caironi is set to be the highlights of Dubai 2019.