Hannah Russell made her Paralympic debut in front of the home crowd at London 2012, winning one silver and two bronze medals, and has continued to add to her medal haul since.
Russell landed her first international gold in 2013 topping the podium in the 100m backstroke S12 on her IPC Swimming World Championship debut in 2013. She also demonstrated her strength in the S12 classification by scooping three silvers (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly) and a bronze (400m freestyle) in Montreal. The following year she took to the European stage, winning 100m backstroke gold in addition to five individual silver medals in at the 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven.
Russell went on to take the world title in the 50 freestyle S12 at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, as well as a further two silvers in the 100m freestyle S12 and the 100m backstroke S12. At the 2016 IPC Swimming European Championships she added a medal of every colour to her trophy cabinet.
Hannah Russell broke through in the S12 visually impaired classification in 2011, and won her first international medals - 100m backstroke silver and 100m butterfly bronze - at the 2011 IPC Swimming European Championships in Berlin.
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