Ones to watch for 2017 for taekwondo and triathlon announced

Six taekwondo athletes and 14 triathletes have been named as athletes to look out for in 2017. 18 Jan 2017
Jetze Plat NED celebrates winning the Gold Medal in the Men's PT1 Triathlon at Fort Copacabana. The Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro

Jetze Plat is already Paralympic PT1 Triathlon Champion

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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) continued to announce its Ones to Watch athletes for 2017 on Wednesday (18 January) by naming athletes in taekwondo and triathlon.

Selected in partnership with World Taekwondo Federation and the International Triathlon Union, the Ones to Watch athletes are individuals who have the potential to make the headlines in taekwondo and triathlon during the next Paralympic cycle ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

With one eye on the next Paralympic Games, many of this year’s Ones to Watch are young athletes who will develop between now and Tokyo 2020. Others are Paralympic and world medallists looking to stay at the top of their game.

Until 19 January, the IPC will announce Ones to Watch athletes in two sports each day. Around 230 athletes from 22 sports will be named Ones to Watch for 2017 in an effort to make it easier for the public and media to understand which athletes to look out for.

The 2017 Ones to Watch for taekwondo and triathlon are:


Evan Medell (USA)

Bolor-Erdene Ganbat (MGL)

Lisa Gjessing (DEN)

Enkhtuya Khurelbaatar (MGL)

Mahdi Pourrahnama (IRI)

Mohammed Aatif (MAR)


Lizzy Tench (GBR)

Liisa Litja (FIN)

Nora Hansel (GER)

Sally Pilbeam (AUS)

Grace Norman (USA)

Jetze Plat (NED)

Mark Barr (USA)

Alexis Hanquinquant (FRA)

Aaron Scheidies (USA)

Martin Schulz (GER)

Stefan Daniel (CAN)

Lauren Steadman (GBR)

Hailey Danz (USA)

On Thursday (19 January), the IPC will announce Ones to Watch athletes in rowing and wheelchair basketball.