Gemini Athletes

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Jim Thorpe
(American Athlete and Olympic Gold Medalist)
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Birthdate: May 28, 1887
Birthplace: Lincoln County, Oklahoma, United States
Died: March 28, 1953

Jim Thorpe was an American athlete who was counted among the most versatile athletes of the modern era. Jim Thorpe won two gold medals at the 1912 Olympics and became the first Native American to give the United States an Olympic gold. He also played American football, professional baseball, and basketball. He was memorialized in the 1951 film Jim Thorpe – All-American.

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Paavo Nurmi
(Finnish Middle-Distance and Long-Distance Runner Who Dominated Distance Running in the Early 20th Century)
Paavo Nurmi
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Birthdate: June 13, 1897
Birthplace: Turku, Finland
Died: October 2, 1973

Paavo Nurmi was a Finnish athlete who specialized in long-distance and middle-distance running. Nicknamed the Flying Finn, Nurmi dominated important distance running events in the early 20th century. He won nine gold medals and three silver medals across three Olympics in 1920, 1924, and 1928. Paavo Nurmi also set 22 official world records during his career.

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John Carlos
(American Former Track and Field Athlete)
John Carlos
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Birthdate: June 5, 1945
Birthplace: New York City, United States

John Carlos is a former football player and track and field athlete. Carlos won a bronze medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics. After his track career, he helped organize the 1984 Summer Olympics as part of his work with the United States Olympic Committee. In 2003, Carlos was made an inductee of the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame.

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Jan Železný
(Regarded as the Modern Era's Greatest Javelin Thrower)
Jan Železný
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Birthdate: June 16, 1966
Birthplace: Mlada Boleslav, Czechia

Jan Železný is a Czech retired track and field athlete who specialized in the javelin throw. With three Olympic gold medals under his belt, Železný is regarded as the modern era's greatest javelin thrower. Železný broke the world record on four occasions and currently holds the record with a throw of 98.48 metres. He is also a three-time world champion.

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Ralph Metcalfe
(American Track and Field Sprinter and Politician)
Ralph Metcalfe
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Birthdate: May 29, 1910
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: October 10, 1978
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Peter Norman
(Australian Track Athlete and Olympic Silver Medalist)
Peter Norman
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Birthdate: June 15, 1942
Birthplace: Coburg, Australia
Died: October 3, 2006

Peter Norman was an Australian athlete who won a silver medal in the 200 meters event at the 1968 Summer Olympics. He is remembered for supporting fellow athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos by wearing the Olympic Project for Human Rights badge during their medal ceremony; he is the third athlete seen in the popular Olympics Black Power salute photograph.

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Grete Sadeiko
(Heptathlon)
Grete Sadeiko
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Birthdate: May 29, 1993
Birthplace: Türi, Estonia
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Yelena Isinbayeva
(The Greatest Female Pole-Vaulter of All Time)
Yelena Isinbayeva
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Birthdate: June 3, 1982
Birthplace: Volgograd, Russia
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Irena Szewińska
(Russian Athlete and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Irena Szewińska
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Birthdate: May 24, 1946
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: June 29, 2018
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Dafne Schippers
(Track and Field Athlete)
Dafne Schippers
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Birthdate: June 15, 1992
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Christophe Lemaitre
(French Sprinter Who Specialises in the 100 and 200 Metres)
Christophe Lemaitre
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Birthdate: June 11, 1990
Birthplace: Culoz, France
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Zola Budd
(Former South African Middle-Distance and Long-Distance Runner)
Zola Budd
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Birthdate: May 26, 1966
Birthplace: Bloemfontein, South Africa

Zola Budd is a South African former athlete who used to compete in long-distance and middle-distance running. Budd represented Great Britain at the 1984 Olympic Games before representing South Africa at the 1992 Olympic Games. Zola Budd also took part in the 1985 and 1986 World Cross Country Championships, winning gold medals on both occasions.

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Kenenisa Bekele
(Ethiopian Long-Distance Runner and 3-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Kenenisa Bekele
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Birthdate: June 13, 1982
Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia

Ethiopian long-distance runner Kenenisa Bekele is not just a 3-time Olympic gold medalist but has also won the World Championship gold 5 times. He also has 11 World Cross Country Championship gold medals in his kitty. Initially a master of the 5,000m and 10,000m categories, he later focused on marathons.

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Christine Mboma
(Sprinter)
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Birthdate: May 22, 2003
Birthplace: Kavango East, Namibia
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Tommie Smith
(American Athlete Who Became the First Person to Break the 20-Second Barrier for 200-Metre Sprint)
Tommie Smith
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Birthdate: June 6, 1944
Birthplace: Clarksville, Texas, United States

Winner of the 200-meter sprint finals at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico, Tommie C. Smith finished the race in 19.83 seconds, thus becoming first to break the 20 seconds barrier. Today however he is better remembered for raising a black gloved fist over his head at the victory stand in protest against the injustice meted out to the blacks.

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Sébastien Foucan
(French Freerunner and Actor)
Sébastien Foucan
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Birthdate: May 27, 1974
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Yury Sedykh
(Russian Athlete and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Yury Sedykh
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Birthdate: June 11, 1955
Birthplace: Novocherkassk, Russia
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Liz McColgan
(Scottish Former Middle-Distance and Long-Distance Track Athlete)
Liz McColgan
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Birthdate: May 24, 1964
Birthplace: Dundee, Scotland

Olympic silver medalist Liz McColgan had apparently started training at age 12. The former British track and field athlete secured her first major win representing the University of Alabama at the NCAA Indoor Mile Championship. She is also two-time Commonwealth winner, apart from being a one-time world champion.

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Salwa Eid Naser
(Bahraini Sprinter)
Salwa Eid Naser
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Birthdate: May 23, 1998
Birthplace: Nigeria
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Jay Silverheels
(Actor and Athlete Known for His Role as ‘Tonto’ in the TV Series ‘The Lone Ranger’)
Jay Silverheels
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Birthdate: May 26, 1912
Birthplace: Brantford, Canada
Died: March 5, 1980

Indigenous Canadian actor Jay Silverheels gained international popularity for playing Tonto, the Native American companion of the protagonist in the American western TV series The Lone Ranger. As a young man, he excelled in athletics and became a lacrosse player. He later quit sports to pursue acting. He bred and raced Standardbred horses as a hobby. 

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Jazmin Sawyers
(British Track and Field Athlete)
Jazmin Sawyers
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Birthdate: May 21, 1994
Birthplace: Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Ramil Guliyev
(Sprinter)
Ramil Guliyev
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Birthdate: May 29, 1990
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan SSR
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Athing Mu
(American Middle-Distance Runner and Olympic Gold Medalist in 800 m)
Athing Mu
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Birthdate: June 8, 2002
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Mujinga Kambundji
(Swiss Sprinter)
Mujinga Kambundji
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Birthdate: June 17, 1992
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Stefan Holm
(Swedish Retired High Jumper and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Stefan Holm
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Birthdate: May 25, 1976
Birthplace: Forshaga, Sweden

Stefan Holm is retired Swedish high jumper who won a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He also won silver medal at the 2003 Paris World Indoor Championship  and the 2002 Munich European Championship.  

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Will Claye
(American Track and Field Athlete)
Will Claye
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Birthdate: June 13, 1991
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Ezekiel Kemboi
(Kenyan Professional Athlete and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Ezekiel Kemboi
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Birthdate: May 25, 1982
Birthplace: Matira, Rift Valley Province, Kenya
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Kibiwott Kandie
(Kenyan Long-Distance Runner)
Kibiwott Kandie
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Birthdate: June 20, 1996
Birthplace: Kenya
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Derval O'Rourke
(Irish Former Sprint Hurdles Athlete)
Derval O'Rourke
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Birthdate: May 28, 1981
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Davide Weir
(British Paralympic Wheelchair Athlete)
Davide Weir
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Birthdate: June 5, 1979
Birthplace: Wallington, London, England
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Aaron Brown
(Canadian Sprinter, Former World Champion, and 2-Time Olympic Medalist)
Aaron Brown
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Birthdate: May 27, 1992
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Two-time Olympic medalist Canadian sprinter Aaron Brown has also been a World Champion in 2022. Anglo-Jamaican in origin, the sportsperson specializes in 100m and 200m and began his athletic career with the USC Trojans while in college. He also won the 4x100m relay at the 2018 NACAC Championships.

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Letsile Tebogo
(Botswana Sprinter)
Letsile Tebogo
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Birthdate: June 7, 2003
Birthplace: Botswana
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Lamine Diack
(Sports administrator, Athletic)
Lamine Diack
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Birthdate: June 7, 1933
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
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Deandra Dottin
(Barbadian Cricketer and Former Track and Field Athlete)
Deandra Dottin
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Birthdate: June 21, 1991
Birthplace: Barbados
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Ranatunge Karunananda
(Athlete)
Ranatunge Karunananda
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Birthdate: May 21, 1936
Birthplace: SriLanka
Died: 1975 AD
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Richard Thompson
(Trinidadian Sprinter)
Richard Thompson
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Birthdate: June 7, 1985
Birthplace: Cascade, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Jessie Knight
(Athlete)
Jessie Knight
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Birthdate: June 15, 1994
Birthplace: England
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Emily Diamond
(Athlete)
Emily Diamond
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Birthdate: June 11, 1991
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Stewart McSweyn
(Australian Long-Distance Runner)
Stewart McSweyn
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Birthdate: June 1, 1995
Birthplace: Launceston, Australia

Australian long distance runner, Stewart McSweyn began representing his country while still in his teens. Eventually as a professional, he started participating in 1500 m, 3000 m, 5000 m and 10,000 m events, representing Australia at the 2017 World Championships, the 2018 Commonwealth Games and finally in the 2020 Olympics, where he managed to qualify for the Men's 1500m final.  

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Elliott Giles
(Athlete)
Elliott Giles
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Birthdate: May 26, 1994
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Linda Haglund
(Swedish Sprinter)
Linda Haglund
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Birthdate: June 15, 1956
Birthplace: Enskede-Årsta-Vantör, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: November 21, 2015

Swedish sprinter Linda Haglund made her international debut at age 15 and never looked back. She competed in the Olympics thrice, finishing fourth in the 100m event in Moscow. Part of the Legends of 1956, she became a painter, designer, and author after retirement. She died of cancer at 59.

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Eleanor Patterson
(Australian High jumper)
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Birthdate: May 22, 1996
Birthplace: Leongatha, Victoria, Australia

Eleanor Patterson is an Australian track and field athlete. She competes in the high jump and has a personal best of 1.99 meters for the event. She was the gold medallist in women’s athletics at the 2013 World Youth Championships and the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She took a break in 2018 and returned to athletics in 2020 with renewed vigor. 

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Yulia Nestsiarenka
(Belarusian Athlete & Olympic 100 metres Champion of 2004)
Yulia Nestsiarenka
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Birthdate: June 15, 1979
Birthplace: Brest, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union

Yulia Nestsiarenka is a Belarusian athlete who specialized in the 100 metres event. She is best known for winning a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. She also won a bronze medal at the 2004 World Indoor Championships, 2005 World Championships, and 2006 European Championships. Currently, Nestsiarenka is one of the members of the Belarus Olympic Committee.

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Willie Davenport
(American Sprint Runner)
Willie Davenport
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Birthdate: June 8, 1943
Birthplace: Troy, Alabama, United States
Died: June 17, 2002
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Sarah Outen
(First Woman and the Youngest Person to Row Solo across the Indian Ocean and Also the Pacific Ocean)
Sarah Outen
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Birthdate: May 26, 1985
Birthplace: England

British adventurer Sarah Outen became the first female and the youngest person to complete a solo rowing expedition across the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. She has set 3 Guinness World Records, penned books such as Dare to Do, and inspired others through her motivational speeches.

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John Maclean
(Paralympic Games Silver Medal-Winning Australian Triathlete, Rower, and Motivational Speaker)
John Maclean
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Birthdate: May 27, 1966
Birthplace: Caringbah, Australia

Australian triathlete and rower John Maclean is a Paralympic Games silver medalist. Initially a talented rugby player, he became a paraplegic after a bicycle accident. He scripted history as Australia's first paraplegic triathlete and now owns the John Maclean Foundation to motivate minor wheelchair users. He is also a motivational speaker.

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Manuela Bosco
(Finnish Actress and Retired Athlete Who Specialized in Hurdling)
Manuela Bosco
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Birthdate: June 11, 1982
Birthplace: Mikkeli, Finland

Manuela Bosco is a Finnish actress and retired athlete who specialized in hurdling. As a hurdler, she is best known for representing Finland at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. As an actress, Manuela Bosco is best known for her portrayal of Nadia Rapaccini in the popular TV series Nymphs.

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Trevor Misipeka
(American Football Player and Athlete)
Trevor Misipeka
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Birthdate: June 17, 1979
Birthplace: Pago Pago
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Desai Williams
(Track and Field Athlete)
Desai Williams
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Birthdate: June 12, 1959
Birthplace: Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Desai Williams was a Canadian sprinter best remembered for winning a bronze medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He also won a gold medal at the 1981 Pacific Conference Games and at the 1986 Commonwealth Games. Desai Williams also worked as a coach and trained Olympic athletes like Phylicia George, Justyn Warner, and Tremaine Harris among others.

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Matthew Denny
(Australian Athletes Specialised in the Discus Throw)
Matthew Denny
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Birthdate: June 2, 1996
Birthplace: Toowoomba, Australia

Matthew Denny is an Australian track and field athlete who specializes in the discus throw. Denny represented Australia at the 2016 and 2020 Summer Olympics, setting his personal best of 67.02 meters in the discus throw at the latter event. Matthew Denny also competes in the hammer throw; she won a silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.