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Sophie Megan Hahn, MBE (born 23 January 1997) is a parasport athlete from England competing mainly in T38 sprint events.[2] In 2013, she qualified for the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, selected for the T38 100m and 200m. She took the gold in the 100m sprint, setting a new world record.

Sophie Hahn
MBE
Sophie Hahn Rio2016.jpg
Hahn at the 2016 Paralympics
Personal information
Birth nameSophie Megan Hahn[1]
Nationality United Kingdom
Born (1997-01-23) 23 January 1997 (age 22)
Sport
CountryGreat Britain
SportAthletics
Event(s)T38 sprint
ClubCharnwood
Coached byJoseph McDonnell
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking1st – 100m (T38)
Personal best(s)100m sprint: 12.44s
200m sprint: 26.18s

In 2018, she won the gold medal in the T38 100 metres for women at the Commonwealth Games; in doing so she became the first female track and field athlete to hold gold medals in the same event from the World Championships, Paralympic Games, European Championships and Commonwealth Games, mirroring in parasports the achievements of fellow Paralympian Dan Greaves, and Olympic champions Daley Thompson, Linford Christie, Sally Gunnell, Jonathan Edwards and Greg Rutherford[3]

Career historyEdit

Hahn, who has cerebral palsy,[4] came into athletics at the age of 15. Enthused by the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, her older brother, knowing of her pace as a runner encouraged her to seek an athletics club. Her mother got in touch with her nearest club and Hahn was called in for trials and accepted by coach Joseph McDonnell. Her first competitive races occurred in 2013, and in the Charnwood Athletics warm up she took the 100m and 200m races. After entering several tournaments in June, she broke onto the British sprinting scene by taking first place at the England Athletics Senior Disability Championships, winning both 100m (13.27s) and 200m (27.88s).[2][5]

Selected for the IPC World Championships in Lyon in the T38, Hahn was entered in both the 100m and 200m in the T38 classification. On 21 July, she won her qualifying heat of the 200m with a time of 27.56.[6] In the final she was beaten by Brazil's Verônica Hipólito, but held on to take the silver medal.[7] On 23 July she qualified for the 100m sprint, this time coming in second. The next day, on the final, Hahn ran a world record time of 13.10s, beating Hipolito into second place. Hahn won the 100m as the only athlete starting from a standing position.

In May 2014, Hahn's world record was broken by Russia's Margarita Goncharova. However, just 24 hours later, Hahn broke it back in Loughborough taking her personal best down to 13.04 in the process.

In her first ever IPC European Championships, Hahn won three silver medals in Swansea. The Loughborough-based athlete finished narrowly behind Goncharova in the 100m and the 400m – only her second run over the distance. The quartet of Olivia Breen, Bethany Woodward, Hahn and Jenny McLoughlin were narrowly edged out by the Russian team in the T35-38 4 × 100 m, but set a national record of 53.84 in the process. In 2018, Hahn had her impairment classification questioned by the father of a rival, Olivia Breen. At a Parliamentary select committee, Michael Breen claimed Hahn had been misclassified and was getting an unfair advantage.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New Year's Honours list 2017" (PDF). Gov.uk. Government Digital Service. 30 December 2016. p. 62. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Sophie Hahn". thepowerof10.info. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  3. ^ [1] from BBC.co.uk/sport
  4. ^ Hudson, Elizabeth (24 July 2013). "IPC Athletics: Sophie Hahn wins 100m gold in Lyon". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Day 2 – England Athletics Senior Disability Championships". englandathletics.org. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  6. ^ Green, Ciaran (22 July 2013). "Sophie Hahn qualifies in record time for the T38 200m". givemesport.com. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  7. ^ Green, Ciaran (23 July 2013). "Sophie Hahn takes silver at IPC Athletics World Championships". givemesport.com. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  8. ^ [2]