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Camplin asks women to challenge themselves | The Transcontinental



Olympic gold medallist Alisa Camplin has urged Australia’s female athletes to compete against themselves rather than a particular sex as they celebrate International Women’s Day.

From Fanny Durack, who in 1912 became Australia’s first female Olympic champion, to Shirley Strickland, Betty Cuthbert, Dawn Fraser, Catherine Freeman, Hockeyroo Rechelle Hawkes and Sally Pearson among many others – Australia’s women have long done the heavy lifting at the Games.

At the 2016 Rio Games, for the first time in Olympic history, Australia sent more women than men – with 214 compared to 208. This was up from 186 women to 224 men in London 2012.

There are currently more women than men on the Tokyo team, and with the Olympics pursuing gender parity within…

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