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.
- 25Jessica Ennis (GBR) 30, HeptathlonDDP USA/REX/Shutterstock
- 24Sarah Elizabeth Robles (USA) 28, Women's +75kg WeightliftingDDP USA/REX/Shutterstock
- 23Tania Cagnotto (ITA) 31, Women's 3m SpringboardDDP USA/REX/Shutterstock
- 22Taliqua Clancy (AUS) 24, VolleyballREUTERS
- 21Simone Biles (USA), 19 GymnasticsReuters
- 20Lisa Hahner (GER) and Anna Hahner (GER) 26, MarathonReuters
- 19Yaniuska Espinosa (VEN) 29, Women's +75kg WeightliftingReuters
- 18Olga Rypakova (KAZ) 31, Triple JumpReuters
- 17Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 27, Women's 200m BackstrokeGetty Images
- 16Cleopatra Borel (TTO) 37, Women's Shot PutGetty Images
- 15Garielle Douglas (USA) 20, GymnasticsReuters
- 14Heather Miller-Koch (USA) 29, Women's HeptathlonGetty Images
- 13Cheong Jun Hoong (MAS) 26 and Pandelela Rinong (MAS) 23, 10-meter Platform DivingAP
- 12Cyclists compete in the women's road race near Fort Copacabana.AP
- 11Zheng Wang (CHN) 28, HammerGetty Images
- 10Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) 29, 100mGetty Images
- 9Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida (FRA) 31, HeptathlonGetty Images
- 8Almaz Ayana (ETH) 24, 10,000 metersGetty Images
- 7Laura Ikauniece-Admidina (LAT) 24, HeptathlonGetty Images
- 6Kawanaka Kaori (JPN) 25, ArcheryGetty Images
- 5Anita Alvarez (USA) 20 and Mariya Koroleva (USA) 26, Synchronised Swimming DuetGetty Images
- 4Maya Moore (USA) 27, Women's BasketballGetty Images
- 3Fan Yilin (CHN) 16, GymnasticsReuters
- 2Olga Kharlan (UKR) 25, Fencing SabreAFP/Getty Images
- 1Gemma Tattersall (GBR) 31, Eventing Team Cross CountrySportsfile via Getty Images
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