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25 Photos From Rio 2016 That Show How Powerful Women's Bodies Can Be

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16/08/2016 15:07

There are more women taking part in this year’s Olympics than ever before, which means more moments to marvel at the sheer strength, speed and agility of the female body.

According to data for Rio 2016 from the International Olympics Committee (IOC), there are some 4,700 female athletes taking part (45% of the total number) and 145 women’s events. Both figures are unprecedented.

But despite these giant leaps forward, sexism is still rife. Whether it’s a BBC commentator likening a women’s judo match to a “cat fight” or referring to bronze medal winner Corey Cogdell-Unrein using her husband’s name rather than her own, it feels like we’re in 1956 not 2016.

To counter this we wanted to celebrate the incredible feats of women of this year’s Olympics, from Jessica Ennis-Hill to Simone Biles and everyone in between.  

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  • 25 Jessica Ennis (GBR) 30, Heptathlon
    DDP USA/REX/Shutterstock
  • 24 Sarah Elizabeth Robles (USA) 28, Women's +75kg Weightlifting
    DDP USA/REX/Shutterstock
  • 23 Tania Cagnotto (ITA) 31, Women's 3m Springboard
    DDP USA/REX/Shutterstock
  • 22 Taliqua Clancy (AUS) 24, Volleyball
    REUTERS
  • 21 Simone Biles (USA), 19 Gymnastics
    Reuters
  • 20 Lisa Hahner (GER) and Anna Hahner (GER) 26, Marathon
    Reuters
  • 19 Yaniuska Espinosa (VEN) 29, Women's +75kg Weightlifting
    Reuters
  • 18 Olga Rypakova (KAZ) 31, Triple Jump
    Reuters
  • 17 Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 27, Women's 200m Backstroke
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  • 16 Cleopatra Borel (TTO) 37, Women's Shot Put
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  • 15 Garielle Douglas (USA) 20, Gymnastics
    Reuters
  • 14 Heather Miller-Koch (USA) 29, Women's Heptathlon
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  • 13 Cheong Jun Hoong (MAS) 26 and Pandelela Rinong (MAS) 23, 10-meter Platform Diving
    AP
  • 12 Cyclists compete in the women's road race near Fort Copacabana.
    AP
  • 11 Zheng Wang (CHN) 28, Hammer
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  • 10 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) 29, 100m
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  • 9 Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida (FRA) 31, Heptathlon
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  • 8 Almaz Ayana (ETH) 24, 10,000 meters
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  • 7 Laura Ikauniece-Admidina (LAT) 24, Heptathlon
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  • 6 Kawanaka Kaori (JPN) 25, Archery
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  • 5 Anita Alvarez (USA) 20 and Mariya Koroleva (USA) 26, Synchronised Swimming Duet
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  • 4 Maya Moore (USA) 27, Women's Basketball
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  • 3 Fan Yilin (CHN) 16, Gymnastics
    Reuters
  • 2 Olga Kharlan (UKR) 25, Fencing Sabre
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  • 1 Gemma Tattersall (GBR) 31, Eventing Team Cross Country
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