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Sammi Kinghorn

Fact File

Date of birth

6 January 1996

Sport

Athletics

Club

Red Star

Discipline

100m, 200m ,400m, 800m, 1500m and Marathon

Biography

When she was 14 years old, Sammi Kinghorn suffered a serious spinal injury after an accident on her family’s farm in the Scottish Borders. The accident left her unable to walk and fully reliant on a wheelchair for mobility. 

Encouraged by her physiotherapist, Sammi tried disability sports and discovered wheelchair racing. Taking part in her first event in 2012, The London Mini Marathon, where she came 2nd, set Sammi on a path from which she has never looked back. 

Competing in the T53 classification, Sammi made her Paralympian debut for Team GB in Rio 2016 where she finished 5th in the 100m and 6th in the 200m. 

In 2017, Sammi become double World Champion in the 100m and 200m at the London World Championships in 2017. She is also the current World record holder over 200m and European record holder over 100m, 400m and 800m. 

2018 saw Sammi compete at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, this time targeting longer distances in the marathon and 1500m. She placed 4th in both races, a huge achievement for a sprint athlete. 

In 2019, back in her comfort zone of shorter distances and sprints, Sammi won bronze in the 100m at the World Para-Athletics Championships. 

Her racing achievements have helped Sammi win numerous awards including the Sunday Mail Sports Personality of the Year, Team Scotland’s Sportsperson of the Year and British Athletics Writers Association Female Para Athlete of the Year.

Achievements

2019
World Para-Athletics Championships, Bronze - T53 100m
2018
Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, 4th T54 1500m, 4th T54 Marathon
2017
Double World Champion- IPC World Championships 100m & 200m, Bronze - 400m, 5th - 800m
2017
World Record Holder T53 200M, Phoenix, Arizona
2016
Rio Paralympics, 5th - 100m, 6th - 800m
2015
IPC World Championships, Bronze - T53 200m
2014
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Final - T54 1500m
2014
Triple gold medallist, European Championships, Swansea
2013
British Junior Champion