Kare Adenegan

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Karé Adenegan
Personal information
Born (2000-12-29) 29 December 2000 (age 21)
Coventry, United Kingdom
Country Great Britain
SportWheelchair racing
Disability classT34
Event(s)100 m 400 m 800 m 1500 m 4828 m
ClubCoventry Godiva Harriers
Coached byJob King (club)
Paula Dunn (national)

Karé Adenegan (born 29 December 2000) is a British wheelchair athlete specialising in sprint distances in the T34 classification.[1][2] She was classified as a disability athlete in 2013.

Competing for Great Britain at the 2016 Summer Paralympics, at the age of 15, she won a silver medal and two bronze medals.[3] In 2018, Adenegan set a then New World record in the T34 100m at the Müller Anniversary Games in London, with a time of 16.80 seconds. Adenegan is one of the only T34 athletes to have completed the 100 metres in sub 17 seconds

Adenegan is also the only athlete to have defeated Hannah Cockroft in a T34 Women's wheelchair race. (Once in 2015 aged 14yrs and twice in 2018 aged 17 yrs old).[4]

In 2018, she won the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award.[5]

Early years

Adenegan was born in 2000 in Coventry, England and attended Bablake School.[6] She now attends Warwick University.[7] She has cerebral palsy.[1]

Athletics career

Adenegan took up wheelchair racing in 2012, after being inspired by the Summer Paralympics in London. At school she found herself excluded from sports due to her cerebral palsy, but the Games made her realize that sport was open to her.[1] That year she joined a wheelchair academy in Coventry, and after becoming classified as a T34 athlete she began competing at national meets in 2013.[2]

In September 2015 Adenegan managed a major sporting coup when at the Grand Prix final in London she became the first athlete to beat world record holder Hannah Cockroft in more than seven years.[8] The two team-mates met again a month later when Adenegan as selected as the youngest member of the Great Britain team at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha. There she entered three events, the 100 metres, 400 metres and 800 metres, all in the T34 classification.[1] Although just missing out on the 100m podium, after finishing fourth, Adenegan won her first major international medals of her career with bronze positions in both the 400m and 800m events.[1] Both events were won by Cockroft.

Although she qualified for the 2016 IPC Athletics European Championships in Grosseto, Adenegan pulled out of the event to concentrate on her preparations for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.[9] When the final Great Britain athletics squad was announced, Adenegan was elected for three events and was the youngest team member in the track and field squad.[10]

In 2018 aged 17, Adenegan broke the T34, women's 100 metres world record at the London Muller Anniversary Diamond League defeating Hannah Cockroft by half a second. Adenegan's placed a time of 16:80 seconds making her the only T34 athlete to have gone under 17 seconds in the history of the sport.

In August 2018, at the Para World European Athletics Championships in Berlin, Adenegan defeated Cockroft in the T34 100 metres for the second time in the season, also setting a championship record of 17:34 seconds ( Cockroft finished in 17:95 seconds). Adenegan got her first gold medal in senior competition and a silver in the 800 metres in the same competition.

In June 2021 she was among the first dozen athletes chosen to represent the UK at the postponed 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, where she won silver medals in the 100 metres and 800 metre competitions.[11]

Personal life

Adenegan is a Christian.[12] She is a member of the Christians in Sport organisation.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Adenegan, Kare". Paralympic.org. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Kare Adenegan". powerof10.info. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Rio Paralympics 2016: Hannah Cockroft wins 100m gold". BBC Sport. 10 September 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  4. ^ "GB's Adenegan & Hahn set world records". BBC Sport.
  5. ^ "BBC Young Sports Personality 2018: Kare Adenegan wins award". BBC Sport. 21 October 2018. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Kare's Amazing Paralympic Games Selection Confirmed". Bablake School. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Kare Adenegan — Scholarship Athlete". Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  8. ^ Hudson, Elizabeth (29 September 2015). "Hannah Cockroft: No more mistakes before Rio 2016". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  9. ^ Hudson, Elizabeth (10 June 2016). "IPC Athletics Europeans: GB set sights on success". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Paralympics GB Track and Field Line-up Confirmed for Rio 2016". paralympics.org.uk. 26 June 2016. Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  11. ^ "British team for Paralympics starts to take shape". AW. 23 June 2021. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  12. ^ ""I knew that if I really worked hard, it could happen"- Kare Adenegen". Passion For Sport. 18 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2022.
  13. ^ Woods, Mark (29 July 2018). "Kare Adenegan finds ambition and sacrifice is a winning combination". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2022.

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