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Sophie Hahn: Medals, records and driving for more

Paralympic gold medalist Sophie Hahn

T38 sprinter Sophie Hahn has already achieved so much by the age of 24.

Back in 2018 her gold medal in the T38 100m at the Commonwealth Games meant she became the first female track and field athlete to win the grand slam – namely holding gold medals in the same event from the Paralympics, World Championships, European Championships and also the Commonwealths.

Her rise has been rapid, ever since she was first inspired to take up the sport off the back of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

From there Sophie quickly became one to watch, winning gold in the T38 100m World Championships in 2013.

2016 was arguably the year she announced herself to even more British sports fans with that gold at Rio 2016 in particular.

Fast forward to now and she is the proud owner of a Paralympic gold, seven World golds, six European golds and also two world records to boot.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, many would be happy enough to settle for just that but Sophie is not one of those individuals. This is an athlete driven to win time and time again, and to keep retaining those gold medals whenever she competes.

That is exactly the mission looking ahead to Tokyo 2020 later this year, although Covid means no overseas fans will be allowed to travel to the games.

But with just home fans, or no fans, Sophie Hahn will be determined to deliver and become even more of a role model than she already is.

Listen to the podcast episode below

Interview: Alasdair Hooper

All music in this episode is courtesy of Otis McDonald

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