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NorwayDeafDisabled

Trude Raad

Trude Raad, born on April 27, 1990, is a deaf Norwegian track and field athlete who has left an indelible mark on the sport. Known for her exceptional skills in the discus throw and hammer throw events, Trude has consistently represented Norway at various international competitions throughout her career.

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UkraineDisabledDiscus Thrower

Zoia Ovsii

Zoia Ovsii, a Ukrainian Paralympic athlete, has overcome physical challenges from a young age to become a dominant force in para-athletics. With exceptional talent and determination, Ovsii has earned numerous accolades, including gold medals at the 2020 Summer Paralympics and World Para Athletics Championships. Her inspiring journey showcases the power of resilience and the human spirit.

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United StatesDiscus ThrowerJavelin

Lillian Copeland

Lillian Copeland, a trailblazing American track and field athlete, made history as the first American woman to win the discus throw at a modern Olympics. Her exceptional achievements in discus, javelin throwing, and shot put set numerous world records and inspired generations of female athletes. Despite facing discrimination and prejudice as a Jewish woman in the early 20th century, Copeland’s determination and resilience propelled her to break barriers and leave an indelible mark on women’s sports.

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ChinaDiscus ThrowerJavelin

Wu Qing

Wu Qing, a Paralympic athlete from China, has left an indelible mark in the field of throwing events. With gold medals in javelin throw and discus throw at the 2008 Summer Paralympics, Wu’s exceptional talent and dedication have made her a source of inspiration for many. Her record-breaking performances and unwavering spirit have solidified her status as a dominant force in her classification, proving that physical disabilities are no obstacle to greatness.

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New ZealandArcherDisabled

Eve Rimmer

Eva Marion “Eve” Rimmer, born in 1937 in Whanganui, New Zealand, became one of New Zealand’s greatest paraplegic athletes. Despite facing a life-altering accident at the age of fifteen, Eve’s indomitable spirit led her to become a world-renowned athlete. With an impressive collection of medals and accolades, Eve’s inspiring story continues to empower individuals with disabilities and serves as a reminder of the power of determination. She will be forever remembered as a pioneer in women’s sports, leaving behind an enduring legacy.

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BulgariaDiscus ThrowerJavelin

Ivanka Koleva

Ivanka Koleva is a Paralympian track and field athlete from Bulgaria known for her remarkable achievements in throwing events. With numerous accolades and a career spanning over two decades, Koleva has become a role model for aspiring athletes. Her determination and talent have not only made her a successful athlete but also a groundbreaking figure in women’s sports history.

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UkraineDiscus ThrowerJewish

Faina Melnik

Faina Grigorievna Melnik was a trailblazing Soviet discus thrower who shattered barriers and set world records throughout her career. From her early promise in athletics to her Olympic gold medal and 11 world records, Melnik’s indomitable spirit and Jewish heritage made her an inspiring figure in the world of women’s track and field. Her legacy as a champion and mentor to future athletes continues to inspire generations.

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Great BritainDiscus ThrowerRugby

Josie Pearson

Josie Rachel Pearson MBE, born on January 3, 1986, is a Paralympian wheelchair rugby player and athlete from England. She made history by representing Great Britain in the 2008 Summer Paralympics as the first woman to compete in wheelchair rugby for her country at the Paralympics. Although initially a sprint athlete, Pearson switched to throwing events and qualified for the 2012 Summer Paralympics in both discus and club throw in the F51 class. She went on to achieve a remarkable feat, winning the gold medal in discus and setting a world record distance. Pearson’s inspiring journey is marked by resilience, determination, and unwavering dedication.

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RussiaDiscus ThrowerTrack & Field

Nina Ponomaryova

Nina Apollonovna Ponomaryova (née Romashkova) was a Russian discus thrower and the first Soviet Olympic champion. She shattered the Olympic record by over 3 meters at the 1952 Summer Olympics, securing the first Olympic gold medal for the Soviet Union. Ponomaryova’s talent and dedication led her to another Olympic gold medal in 1960, solidifying her place as one of the greatest discus throwers of her time. She passed away on August 19, 2016, leaving behind a lasting legacy as a trailblazer in women’s sports and a symbol of Russian athletic excellence.

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South AfricaDiscus ThrowerJavelin

Zanele Situ

Zanele Situ, born in 1971 in Kokstad, South Africa, overcame tremendous challenges to become a Paralympian athlete. Despite being paralyzed from the fourth vertebra down and relying on a wheelchair for mobility, Situ excelled in the javelin throw. She secured multiple gold and silver medals at the IPC Athletics World Championships and the Summer Paralympics, making history as the first female South African black athlete to win a Paralympic gold medal. Situ’s determination and resilience serve as an inspiration to many.

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PanamaDiscus ThrowerTrack & Field

Aixa Middleton

Aixa Middleton González, born in 1988, is a renowned Panamanian track and field athlete specializing in the discus throw. With a personal best of 55.00 meters, Middleton holds the Panamanian national record for this event. Her exceptional achievements and unwavering dedication have made her a revered figure in the world of sports.

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CanadaDiscus ThrowerShot Putter

Joanne Berdan

Joanne Berdan was a prominent Canadian medallist in Paralympic athletics. Born in 1963 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Berdan displayed exceptional athletic talent from a young age. She pursued her passion for sports and went on to achieve remarkable success in the field of Paralympic athletics.

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CroatiaDiscus ThrowerTrack & Field

Sandra Perković

Sandra Perković, born on 21 June 1990, is a Croatian discus thrower who has left an indelible mark in the world of athletics. With a distinguished career that showcases her exceptional talent, determination, and resilience, she has become a prominent figure not only in Croatia but also on the global stage.

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PolandDiscus ThrowerTrack & Field

Halina Konopacka

Halina Konopacka was a Polish athlete who became the first Polish Olympic champion when she won the discus throw event at the 1928 Summer Olympics. After retiring from athletics, she became a writer and poet. She then immigrated to the United States after World War II, where she passed away.

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RomaniaDiscus ThrowerTrack & Field

Lia Manoliu

Lia Manoliu was a Romanian discus thrower who won one gold and two bronze Olympic medals. She became the first track and field athlete to compete at six Olympics. Her legacy endures as she shattered barriers and paved the way for future female athletes.

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RussiaUkraineDiscus Thrower

Tamara Press

Tamara Natanovna Press was a Soviet athlete who dominated the shot put and discus throw in the early 1960s. Born on May 10, 1937, in Kharkov, Tamara faced early adversity when her father tragically died fighting in World War II in 1942. Her mother, determined to provide a better life for her daughters, took Tamara and her sister Irina to Samarkand, where their athletic journey began.

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TunisiaDiscus ThrowerShot Putter

Raoua Tlili

Raoua Tlili is a renowned Paralympian athlete from Tunisia, known for her exceptional achievements in the field of shot put and discus events. Her journey in international athletics commenced in 2006, and she astounded the world with her world record distances at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Paralympics. Tlili’s unrivaled success extends beyond the Paralympics, as she has also dominated the IPC Athletics World Championships, solidifying her reputation as one of Tunisia’s most esteemed sports figures.

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FijiDiscus ThrowerJavelin

Mereoni Vibose

Mereoni Vibose (26 April 1951 – 27 January 2018) was a Fijian female track and field athlete who excelled in the discus throw and javelin throw. Her remarkable career included setting national records and representing Fiji at international events such as the South Pacific Games and the World Championships in Athletics. She was inducted into the Fiji Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, leaving behind a lasting legacy in the world of athletics.

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