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Sophie Hahn of Great Britain celebrates winning the gold medal in the Women's 200m T38 Final at the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships.

Sophie Hahn

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Inspired to take up Para athletics after watching London 2012, Hahn struck gold at her first major international competition less than a year later, winning 100m T38 gold at the 2013 World Championships with a new world record to boot. She also won 200m T38 silver.

There was a new kid on the blocks and she was here to stay.

At the 2014 European Championships in Great Britain, Hahn picked up three silvers. She lost out on gold over 100m and 400m to Russia’s Margarita Goncharova, whilst the Russian team won the 4x100m T35-38 relay.

Ahead of the Doha 2015 World Championships, Hahn ran a sensational world record over 100m at the Grand Prix final in London, Great Britain, stopping the clock at 13.00 seconds.

She went even faster a few months later however when she retained her 100m world title with a breath-taking world record of 12.60.

Like in Lyon, she again had to settle for silver in the 200m as Goncharova took gold in world record time.

Hahn secured her second world title and world record at Doha 2015 as part of the women’s 4x100m T35-38 relay team (55.22).

More silverware came Hahn’s way in 2016, first at the European Championships in Grosseto, Italy, then at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Hahn won European gold in the 100m T38 and 4x100m T35-38 relay, as well as 200m T38 silver in Italy.

In Rio de Janeiro, the then teenager smashed the Paralympic record twice on her way to 100m T38 gold. Her final time of 12.62 seconds edged her Brazilian rival Veronica Hipolito into silver.

Together with Kadeena Cox, Maria Lyle and Georgina Hermitage, Hahn also won silver with a European record in the 4x100m relay T35-38 behind China.

Back on home soil at the London 2017 World Championships, Hahn this time made it double gold, winning both the 100m and 200m T38.

In the shorter sprint Hahn stormed to a new world record, this time clocking 12.44, while in the 200m she knocked 0.35 seconds off Goncharova’s best to claim her second world record.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T38

Further personal information

Residence
Widmerpool, ENG
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing in the sport in 2013.
Why this sport?
She was inspired to take up the sport after watching the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Her older brother Jamie suggested she should join Charnwood Athletic Club in Loughborough, England.
Club / Team
Charnwood Athletic Club: Loughborough, ENG
Name of coach
Leon Baptiste [personal], GBR, from 2019

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA

General interest

Nicknames
Pocket Rocket (bbc.com, 26 Jan 2018)
Hero / Idol
British Para athletes Jonnie Peacock, Hannah Cockroft and Richard Whitehead, British heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill. (paralympic.org, 22 Mar 2015; bbc.co.uk, 31 Dec 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go hard or go home." (bbc.co.uk, 31 Dec 2013)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2018 Sportswoman of the Year by the Nottingham Post newspaper in England. (nottinghampost.com, 01 Nov 2018)

She was named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2017 New Year's Honours list for services to athletics. (bbc.com, 31 Dec 2016)

She was named Sportswoman of the Month for October 2015 by television company Sky Sports. (paralympic.org, 22 Nov 2015)
Famous relatives
Her grandfather Larry Canning played football for Aston Villa in England, and was a broadcaster for the British Broadcasting Corporation [BBC]. (meltontimes.co.uk, 18 Dec 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (bbc.co.uk, 16 Jul 2019)
Impairment
She was born with cerebral palsy. (meltontimes.co.uk, 18 Dec 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T38 Semifinal 2 2013-07-21 1
Women's 200 m T38 Final 1 2013-07-22 2
Women's 100 m T38 Semifinal 2 2013-07-23 3
Women's 100 m T38 Final 1 2013-07-24 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T38 Final 1 2015-10-22 1
Women's 200 m T38 Final 1 2015-10-29 2
Women's 4x100 m T35-38 Final 1 2015-10-31 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T38 Heat 2 2016-09-08 1
Women's 100 m T38 Final Round 2016-09-09 1
Women's 4x100 m T35-38 Final Round 2016-09-15 2
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T38 Final 1 2017-07-15 1
Women's 100 m T38 Final 1 2017-07-22 1