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Most inspiring British female athlete of all time

British Athletics

Jessica Ennis-Hill has just enjoyed a momentous and remarkable comeback at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, winning the Heptathlon Gold.

Ennis-Hill stormed through the first six heptathlon events in 2 days to create an incredible lead before finishing in first place in the 800m heat and clinching the title ahead of Brianne Theisen-Eaton who trailed 115 points down in silver and Laura Ikauniece-Admidina, a further 38 points back in bronze.

This latest achievement from the 29 year old Olympic World Champion came just nine months after she returned to training following the birth of her son Reggie, who is now 13 months old.

Inspired by this incredible achievement, the team at Newitts has put together below a collection of the most inspiring female athletes of all time.


Nicola Adams wins gold in London 2012

Many of us will remember the rising fame of Olympic medallist, Nicola Adams, who became the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Since then, the number of girls taking up boxing training has risen by 50% and there are now more than 35,000 girls and women boxing at least once a week in the UK.

"Radcliffe remains the world record holder in the womens marathon and was the winner of the London Marathon three times"


Rebecca Adlington wins gold twice in Beijing 2008

With four Olympic medals behind her, Rebecca Adlington shares the record as Great Britain's most decorated female Olympian with Katherine Grainger. At the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Adlington won two gold medals in the 400-metre freestyle and 800-metre freestyle, breaking the 19-year-old world record of Janet Evans in the 800-metre final. Adlington was Britain's first Olympic swimming champion since 1988, and the first British swimmer to win two Olympic gold medals since 1908.


Paula Radcliffe: Current women's marathon World Record holder

Many of us will have watched the moment when Paula Radcliffe bowed out of her amazing running career at this year's London Marathon 2015. Twelve years earlier, on April 13th 2003, we watched in awe Radcliffe achieved an incredible win at the same event, completing the marathon is just 2 hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds. To this day, Radcliffe remains the current women's world record holder in the marathon and the three-time winner of the London Marathon (2002, 2003, 2005).


Tanni Grey-Thompson: Britain's greatest Paralympian

Tanni-Grey Thompson was named Britain's greatest Paralympian after winning an incredible 11 gold medals, four silvers and one bronze across five Games, but it is since her retirement that Grey-Thompson's influence has really grown. Appointed to the House of Lords as a crossbench peer in 2010, she is co-chair for the all party parliamentary group on women's sport and a prominent figure in political discussions around gender and disability.


Ellie Simmonds wins gold at Beijing 2008

Ellie Simmonds shot to fame in 2008 when she became one of the youngest paralympians to win two Gold medals at the Olympic Games in Beijing, aged just 13. In 2012 she was again selected for the Great Britain squad, where she won another two gold medals in London, including setting a World Record in the 400m freestyle. The four-times Paralympic champion now has 13 world records and has fast become one of the most recognisable faces in British Paralympic Sport.


Kelly Holmes wins double gold at Athens 2004

Cast your mind back to the Olympic Games 2004 in Athens, and who could forget the two momentous winning performances from our very own national treasure, Dame Kelly Homes. Holmes became famous for her double gold winning performances in the 800 metres and 1500 metres in Athens, and since retiring, she has focussed on charity work, encouraging young female track athletes and raising awareness on the Female Athlete Triad.


Beth Tweddle wins bronze at London 2012

Beth Tweddle, now retired, is the most successful British, male or female, gymnast in the history of the sport. She was the first female gymnast to win a medal at the European Championships, World Championships, and Olympic Games, and in 2012, the three-time Olympian won a bronze medal in London on uneven bars. She is also the 2006 World uneven bars champion, the 2009 World floor exercise champion, and the 2010 World uneven bars champion.


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