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23 January 1997
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You know you’ve made it big when someone names a building after you – and that’s precisely what happened to Paralympic gold medallist Sophie Hahn.
Many of the girls boarding at Hahn House, at Loughborough Amherst School, are elite players enrolled at the LTA’s National Tennis Academy. The track, however, is where Hahn herself has shone ever since 2013, when the London 2012-inspired athlete won T38 200m silver and 100m gold – setting a world record in the process – at her first major international competition.
Hahn’s dominant form has continued ever since, claiming her first Paralympic medals at Rio 2016, T38 100m gold and T35-38 4x100m silver, following those up with T38 100m gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
The 2019 World Championships saw Hahn break her own T38 100m world, crossing the Dubai finish line in 12.38. It was a number that would look eerily familiar at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, when Hahn equalled it in the heats before defending her Rio 2016 title.
Hahn, who has cerebral palsy, has said she prefers competing in hot climates as it helps to relax her muscles.