Today, March 8th, 2016 is celebrated as International Women’s day. This day is celebrated throughout the world to celebrate, respect and appreciate women all over the world. It is also an occasion to highlight and celebrate the achievements of women in various fields. On this occasion, let us take a look at some famous women athletes and celebrate their achievements in sports.
She is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked No 1 in Women’s singles tennis. Serena has been ranked No 1 on six occasions by the Women’s Tennis Association, the American is also the reigning champion of the French Open, Wimbledon and Olympic women’s singles and doubles. Widely regarded as the best Women’s tennis player of all time, she has won 36 major titles, out of which 21 are Grand Slam titles. In 2015, Serena won the Australian Open, French Open and the Wimbledon. So far in 2016, she has been the runner-up in the Australian open.
Serena was named the Sportsperson of the year by sports illustrated magazine in 2015.
Rousey is an American Mixed Martial Artist and Actress. She is the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and the last StrikeForce Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Rousey was the first US woman to win an Olympic medal in Judo at the summer Olympics in 2008. As of March of 2016, the fighter was ranked the No 2 female bantamweight fighter in the world according to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). In May of 2015, two magazines ranked Rousey as the most “dominant” female athlete. In a poll conducted by ESPN, she was voted as the best female athlete ever.
In 2015, she had roles in the movies Fast and Furious 7 and Entourage.
Hannah Cockroft Hannah Cockroft is a British wheelchair athlete who specializes in sprint distances in the T34 classification. She holds the Paralympic and World record for both the 100 Mts and 200 Mts T34 events. While representing Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Paralympics Cockroft won two gold medals. On 1 June 2014, she recorded a new World Record time of 3.53.57 at 1500 m during the Bedford International Games.
She is an English Footballer who plays for the Chelsea Women’s football in the Football Association Women’s Super League as a Forward, appearing 28 times for them and scoring 11 goals. Aluko was born in Nigeria but she chose to represent England at the international level, appearing 90 times for them and scoring 32 goals. She was part of the team which finished third in the 2015 Women’s World Cup and earned England one of the three available slots for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
She is a British boxer and is the first woman to have won an Olympic boxing title, at the 2012 summer Olympics held in London, Adams was the Gold Medal winner. As of 2015, she is the reigning Olympic Games, Commonwealth games and European games champion at flyweight. She was the first ever female boxing champion at both the Commonwealth and Olympic games.
Adams was named the most influential LGBT person in Britain by The Independent in 2012 and is also the first openly LGBT person to win an Olympic Boxing Gold medal, after her win at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Laura Trott is an English track and road cyclist, her speciality is the team pursuit and omnium disciplines. She is also the inaugural Olympic champion in both events and is the reigning Olympic and European Champion in both events as well as four-time world champion in the team pursuit. Trott is the most successful rider male or female in the history of the European Track Championships, as of October of 2015 she has won 10 titles. In 2016, she won the UCI track cycling world championship.