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Looking towards athletics in Rio: F57 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.


F57 is similar to other T50s and F50s classes, in that it is a class for wheelchair users with a variety of different type of disabilities.  It includes people from disability specific classes including Les Autres class LAF3, amputee classes A1 and A9, and spinal cord injury class F7. The class includes people with limb deficiencies not covered by other classes.  This includes double above the knee amputees, people with one lower and one upper limb amputation, and people with hemiparesis and an upper limb impairment.


Like F56, this class only currently has world records in field events.  Unlike the F55 and F56 classes, these records are more recent, dating to last year. The class also contains world record holders from a completely different set of countries than the other classes.  Algerian Nassima Saifi holds the record in the discus with a throw of 34.68 meters set last February in Dubai.  Countrywoman Safia Djelal holds the current world record in the javelin, with a throw last March in Tunis of 25.72 meters.  The remaining record is held by Mexico’s Angeles Ortiz Hernandez in the shot put.  She threw a distance of 11.13 meters last October in Doha.


Event Type Family Name Given Name NPC Birth Result Date City Country
Women’s Discus Throw Saifi Nassima ALG 1988 34.68 2015-02-25 Dubai United Arab Emirates
Women’s Javelin Djelal Safia ALG 1983 25.71 2015-03-23 Tunis Tunisia
Women’s Shot Put Ortiz Hernandez Angeles MEX 1973 11.13 2015-10-23 Doha Qatar
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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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