Sophie Kamlish

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Sophie Kamlish
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Personal information
Full nameSophie Kamlish
Born (1996-08-20) 20 August 1996 (age 22)
London, England
Country Great Britain
Disabilitylimb deficiency
Disability classT44
ClubTeam Bath
Coached byRob Ellchuk[1]
Achievements and titles
Paralympic finals2012
Personal best(s)100m 12.90 200m 28.71

Sophie Kamlish (born 20 August 1996) is a British Paralympic athlete who competes in sprint events in T44 events. She represented Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Paralympics and 2016 Summer Paralympics.

Early life[edit]

Kamlish was born in Camden, London in 1996,[2] she was born with a right foot that was severely turned in, for which a splint was fitted to straighten it. Despite this her right leg was significantly shorter than her left and when Kamlish was nine her doctors suggested the fitting of a gradual extension frame to lengthen her leg. Kamlish was already in significant pain and there was no guarantee that the frame would work so she and her family opted for a below the knee amputation; in a 2012 interview, Kamlish stated that it was a good decision.[2]

Kamlish grew up in Camden in London where she attended Fleet Primary School,[3] her family then moved to Bath, Somerset where she was educated at Oldfield School, before attending a foundation course in illustration at Bath College.[4]

Athletics career[edit]

Running a world record time in Rio

In 2011 Kamlish attended a 'Playground to Podium' event at the University of Bath, a scheme intended to find talented potential athletes, despite having played wheelchair basketball at junior level, she preferred the solo aspect and self-reliance that comes with athletics.[2] Kamlish made her senior international debut at the 2012 Paralympic World Cup in Manchester and that year was selected for the Great Britain team at the London Paralympics,[2] at the London Games she was selected for two events, the 100 metres and 200 metres T44 sprints. Kamlish qualified through the heats in both events but did not achieve a podium finish in either, though she did achieve a personal best in the 200m.[5]

A year later Kamlish was back in the Great Britain team, this time travelling to Lyon to compete in the 2013 Lyon, she came fourth in the 100 metres sprint but won her first major international medal when she finished third in the 200 metres.[5] Kamlish has also represented her country at the 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea and the 2015 World Championships in Doha.[2]

On 17 September 2016 at the 2016 Summer Paralympics Kamlish broke the World Record in the heats for T44 100m.[6]

On 17 July 2017, Kamlish broke her own T44 100m world record in the heats at the World ParaAthletics Championships in London.[7] On the same day, she also won her first international gold medal in front of a home crowd, beating four time world champion Marlou van Rhijn.


  1. ^ "London 2012 Para". Archived from the original on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Kamlish, Sophie". IPC. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  3. ^ Amara, Pavan (30 August 2012). "Seven years after being told her leg would have to be amputated, Sophie goes for gold in Paralympic sprints". Retrieved 27 July 2016.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Connolly, Nancy (13 June 2016). "Bath's Golden Girls: meet Paralympic sprinter Sophie Kamlish". Retrieved 27 July 2016.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b "Sophie Kamlish". Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  6. ^ Women's 100m - T43/44 - Standings, Rio2016, Retrieved 17 September 2016
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