Three times Paralympic medallist and former World number 1 and world record holder (2018), Kare Adenegan is gearing up for gold in the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020. Having been excluded from school sports because of safety concerns about her cerebral palsy, Kare was inspired to take up Para athletics after watching the likes of Hannah Cockcroft at London 2012.
Joining a local club, it wasn’t long before she made the competitive step-up, becoming the British Athletics U15 track champion in 100m, 200m, 400m and 1500m – a title which she retained in all subsequent years and becoming the world No 1 within six years.
Just two years into her competitive career, Kare caused a major sporting coup at the Newham Open final in London when she became the first athlete to beat Cockcroft in more than seven years.
The same year, she gained her first international medals, winning bronze at the 2015 Doha Para Athletics World Championships in the T34 400m and 800m.