Marin could have been a Flamenco dancer. A highly accomplished performer, she was very keen on dance as a child. But after being introduced to badminton by a friend, Marin took another direction. Now, she dances around a court – and is already, at 26, considered one of the greatest badminton players of all time.
Marin has an enviable roll of honours. She is a three-time women’s singles World Champion, triumphing at Copenhagen 2014, Jakarta 2015 and Nanjing 2018, making her the only female athlete ever to achieve this feat. She’s also a four-time European Champion, having lifted the trophy at Kazan 2014, La Roche-sur-Yon 2016, Kolding 2017 and Huelva 2018, and has
Add in the biggest prize of all – the Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016 – and Marin is already a giant of the game, looking to add further honours to her list at Tokyo 2020. In Brazil, Marin defeated her great rival, the brilliant Indian player P.V Sindhu, in straight sets. She also beat Sindhu in her most recent World Championship win, in 2018. But the Indian athlete won the title for herself in 2019, a season in which Marin was blighted by injury. Their battle for supremacy looks set to continue for many years.
“I can because I think I can.””
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