Marlou van Rhijn

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Marlou van Rhijn
Marlou Van Rhijn - 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships.jpg
Van Rhijn running at the IPC Athletics World Championships in 2013
Personal information
Nickname(s)Blade Babe[1][2][3]
Born (1991-10-22) 22 October 1991 (age 27)
Height1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in) in prosthetics
Weight57 kg (126 lb) (2007)
Country Netherlands
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 100 m (T43): 12.79 s (2016, WR)[4]
  • 200 m (T43): 25.64 s (2015, WR)[4]
  • 400 m (T43): 60.15 s (2013, WR)[4]
Updated on 18 September 2016.

Marlou van Rhijn (Dutch pronunciation: [mɑrˈlu vɑn rɛin]; born 22 October 1991) is a professional Dutch sprint runner.[5] Van Rhijn, who was born without lower legs,[6] is the world record holder for T43 in the 100 and 200 metres events and runs with the aid of carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs. She competes in T44 (single below knee incapacity) events though she is actually classified in T43 (double below knee).


Marlou van Rhijn was born on 22 October 1991 in Monnickendam in the Netherlands.

She studies commercial economics at the Johan Cruyff Institute in Amsterdam.[6]


Until 2009, Van Rhijn was a member of the national team for swimmers with a disability. Amongst others, she was swimming at a World and a European championship. She swam several Dutch national records. She competed in the S9 class and focused on the 50 and 100 meter freestyle.[7] She stopped swimming competitively in 2010 due to lack of motivation.[6]


Van Rhijn switched sports in 2010, after being approached by Guido Bonsen, coach of the Dutch Parathletics Team. She did a trial, and was hooked.[6] Van Rhijn became a member of the Dutch Parathletics Team of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Atletiek Unie.[8] Despite qualifying as T43, she competes in the class T44 at the 100 and 200 meters. She qualified for the 2012 Summer Paralympics in May 2012, while competing at the Stadio Olimpico.[9] She was invested as a Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau after winning her Paralympic medals.[10]

She left the national paralympic team. She started training after the Paralympic Games in Ookmeer, Amsterdam with her new coach Parcy Marte, who also trains non-paralympic people.



Time (s) Results Date Event Location
100 m (sport class T44)
(Paralympic Record)
Gold 17 September 2016 2016 Summer Paralympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(world record; personal best)
heats 1 September 2012 2012 Summer Paralympics London, United Kingdom
Silver 2 September 2012 2012 Summer Paralympics London, United Kingdom
13.62[3] Gold 27 June 2012 IPC Athletics European Championships Stadskanaal, Netherlands
200 m (sport class T44)
(Paralympic Record)
Gold 15 September 2016 2016 Summer Paralympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(world record; personal best)
Gold 2 September 2012 2012 Summer Paralympics London, United Kingdom
26.97[13] series 5 September 2012 2012 Summer Paralympics London, United Kingdom


Time (s) Results Date Event Location
50 m Breaststroke (sport class SB8)
(personal best)
n/a 8 March 2009 n/a Esbjerg, Denmark
50 m Freestyle (sport class S9)
(personal best)
n/a 10 May 2009 n/a Antwerp, Belgium
100 m Freestyle (sport class S9)
(personal best)
n/a 24 October 2009 n/a Reykjavík, Iceland
200 m Freestyle (sport class S9)
(personal best)
n/a 29 May 2009 n/a Berlin, Germany
400 m Freestyle (sport class S9)
(personal best)
n/a 21 October 2009 n/a Reykjavík, Iceland


  1. ^ "Zilver Van Rhijn,brons Hertog" NOS, 2 september 2012
  2. ^ "Blade Babe Marlou van Rhijn op weg naar de perfecte race" Archived 2012-11-18 at the Wayback Machine Metronieuws, 28 augustus 2012
  3. ^ a b Marlou van Rhijn aka Blade Babe wins gold in 100m T44 and teammates take silver and bronze
  4. ^ a b c Marlou van Rhijn, Retrieved on 18 September 2016.
  5. ^ "van Rhijn, Marlou". Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d Eva Rooijers. "Marlou van Rhijn: 'Ik houd heel erg van winnen'". Folia (in Dutch). Cruyff Institute. Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Van Rhijn, Marlou". IPC. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  8. ^ (in Dutch)
  9. ^ "Golden Gala 2012: Marlou Van Rhijn record mondiale paralimpico 100m" (in Italian). SportLive. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  10. ^ Marlou van Rhijn geridderd (in Dutch),, 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Wereldrecord voor Van Rhijn". (in Dutch). 2 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  12. ^ "Van Rhijn pakt paralympisch goud in wereldrecord". (in Dutch). 6 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  13. ^ "Van Rhijn noteert wereldrecord". (in Dutch). 5 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  14. ^ a b c d e "Marlou van Rhijn - Personal records" (in Dutch). Retrieved 9 September 2012.

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Preceded by
Thierry Schmitter
Dutch Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
2012, 2013
Succeeded by
Bibian Mentel