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Looking towards athletics in Rio: F56 women’s world records

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This article is part of a ParaSport News series of articles looking at athletics world records and world records progression.


The women’s F56 class is a lot like the T55 class.  It is Paralympic athletics class for sportspeople with a variety of lower limb disabilities, including people with cerebral palsy eligible for CP4 and CP5, Les Autres competitors from LAF3, people with spinal cord injuries from F6 and amputees from A1 and A9. At the moment, the only events open to the class on the international level are field events, though in the past the class was open to track events.

Given that, the IPC only has three world records for this class.  Unlike F55, there is a bit more diversity in the countries represented.  The oldest record belongs to Brazil’s Suely Guimaraes in the women’s discus.  Dating to a track event in Mar del Plata, Argentina in 2003, Guimaraes had a throw of 24.67 meters.  The next oldest record was set by Germany’s  Martina Willing in the javelin.  At a meet in Berlin in 2008, she threw for a distance of 24.03 meters.  The most recent world record in the class was set by American Angela Madsen in the shot put.  She had a throw of 9.43 meters in July 2012 at a meet in Windsor, Ontario.


Event Type Family Name Given Name NPC Birth Result Date City Country
Women’s Discus Throw Guimaraes Suely BRA 1957 24.67 2003-12-09 Mar del Plata Argentina
Women’s Javelin Willing Martina GER 1959 24.03 2008-06-13 Berlin Germany
Women’s Shot Put Madsen Angela USA 1960 9.43 2012-07-14 Windsor Canada


Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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