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16/08/2016 15:07 BST | Updated 16/08/2016 15:13 BST

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