Cindy Roleder of Germany, Isabelle Pedersen of Norway, Alina Talay of Belarus, Serita Solomon of Great Britain, Nooralotta Neziri of Finland, Lucy Hatton of Great Britain, Hanna Plotitsyna of Ukraine, Andrea Ivancevic of Croatia leave the blocks at the start of the Women’s 60m hurdles final at the 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images
Assunta Legnante is an Italian shot putter. She is one of the few athletes to have competed in both the Olympics and the Paralympics.
Born in Naples in 1978, Legnante has been nicknamed the Cannoncina (”Little Cannon”) due to her powerful right arm. She won the Silver medal in the 2002 European Indoor
Championships, her first major professional competition, and continued on to win Gold in the 2007 games. And although she did not place highly, she even competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
After losing her sight to congenital glaucoma in 2009, Legnante started her career as a Paralympic athlete, taking part in the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games. It was at the 2012 Italian Paralympic Athletics Championships that she set a new F11 shot put world record with a throw of 13.27m and then continued on to improve the world record, three times, to 15.22m. If this wasn’t enough, at the London Paralympics, she again broke her own world record with a throw of 16.74m.
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Kirsten McAslan of Great Britain & Northern Ireland competes in the women’s 400 metres rounds during day one of the 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images