Marieke Vervoort was diagnosed with a dystrophy of the spine when she was just 14, a condition that left her in a wheelchair and in agony for most of her adult life. However, she let her h8rs be her motiv8rs and started playing a number of paralympic sports, including basketball, triathlon and swimming. However, it was as a wheelchair racer she achieved her greatest fame, winning gold in the 2012 Paralympic 100m and silver in the 2016 400m. She also signed papers authorising her euthanasia in 2008, and made it quite clear that when the pain her dystrophy caused became unbearable, she’d be heading off the track. That date has now come in 2019, with a number of upper-midcard DDP teams cashing in and the standings taking quite a shakeup after our 11th Drop 40 hit of the year.