ABOUT

MARLOU VAN RHIJN

THE WORLDS FASTEST WOMAN ON BLADES

 

Marlou van Rhijn is a Dutch athlete specialized in the 100, 200 and 400 meters sprint. She holds the World Records in all three distances. She also studies commercial economics at the Johan Cruyff University in Amsterdam.

 

She has a double below the knee amputation and therefore she competes in class T43.

 

After Van Rhijn qualified for the Paralympics games in London 2012, she won a silver medal in de 100 meters and gold in the 200 meters. In both distances she stormed towards a new world record.

In the year after the Paralympic games, in 2013, Marlou became world champion in both the 100 and 200 meters. Because she wanted to keep pushing herself towards even faster world records, she decided to train with a coach who was specialized in sprinting. This was a big succes because in 2015 she defended both her titles in the 100 & 200 meters ans is now also the first female on blades who ran below 13 seconds in the 100m and below 26 seconds in the 200m.

 

At the Paralympic games in Rio the Janeiro, Marlou celebrated another victory in the 200 meters ans also added a Paralymopic gold in the 100 meters. This now makes Marlou a three-time Paralympic champion.

 

Date of birth: October  22, 1991

Place of birth: Monnickendam, The Netherlands

Residence: Purmerend, The Netherlands

Sport: Athletics: 100, 200 and 400 metres

Class: T43

Coach: Keith Antoine

HIGHLIGHTS

Gold 200M London Paralympic Games

Silver 100M London Paralympic Games

Gold 200M Rio Paralympic Games

Gold 100M Rio Paralympic Games

World Record holder 100, 200, 400M 

 

5X World Champion

5X European Champion

 

Dutch Knighthood

 

Woman of the Year 2016  - Harper's Bazaar

Cover of the year 2016 - Harper's Bazaar

2X Dutch Paralympian of the year

2X Female athlete of the year of Amsterdam

Best Female Debut - Paralympic Award