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

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