The top five female athletes to look out for at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai

Tatyana McFadden from the USA is a dominant force in the female field (Paralympic)
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The Para Athletics World Championships kicks off today in Dubai with more than 1,400 athletes from 122 countries taking part. 

The eight-day event will see top athletes battle it out to secure their place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

With 76 female events across the championships, we have picked our top five 'ones to watch'.

Tatyana McFadden, USA

Tatyana Mcfadden is looking to repeat her success (Meredith Nierman/WGBH)

Russian-born United States athlete Tatyana McFadden is arguably the world's best female wheelchair athlete of all time. She has a total of 16 Paralympic medals and 17 world medals to her name. The 30 year-old competes in the T54 sprint events and holds world records in the 100m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and 5000m which puts her in pole position for Dubai glory. 

Omara Durand, Cuba 

Omara Durand set the 100m world record in Rio

In 2017 the Cuban T12 and T13 sprinter was named 'Best Female' at the Paralympic Sports Awards following her 100m world record at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, which she ran in 11.40 seconds. 

The 27-year-old is a five-time Paralympic champion and six-time world champion since 2011 and has won the 100m in her classification ever since. Durand will be going into the competition full of confidence and is justifiably favourite. 

Vanessa Low, Australia

Vanessa Low has been unbeaten at every world championship since 2011 (Vanessa Low's Instagram)

Vanessa Low is a German-born Australian para-athlete who competes in the T42 sprint and long jump events. She has medalled at every world championships since 2011 and at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in both the long jump and 100m. The 29-year-old is a strong contender for more success.

Martina Caironi, Italy

Martina Caironi is a two-time Paralympic and World Champion (Paralympics)

Italy's Caironin holds the world record in the T42 100m with a time of 14.61 seconds. The 30-year-old is a two-time Paralympic champion and world champion. She is also set to compete in the T42 long jump. She has medalled in both events at the Paralympic, World and European championships since 2014. 

Raoua Tlili, Tunisia

Raoua Tlili will be looking to land herself on the podium at this year's championships (Paralympics)

Raoua Tlili from Tunisia competes solely in the F41 shot put and discus events and is a multi gold medalist from the Rio 2016 Paralympic games. During the 2015 world championships in Doha, she set both world records in her respective events. 

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