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Looking towards athletics in Rio: T11 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.


T11 is a class for athletes with the most severe vision impairment. Blind sports classification has pretty much been in the same place class-wise since the 1980s.  Women’s participation in blind sports lags men across the board and the number of events for women tends to much smaller.

The number of available world records here is two or less for every event I can find.  World record holders from this class include Terezinha Guilhermina, Tracey Hinton, Jin Zheng, Louzanne Coetzee, Joke Rijswijk, Vera Kroes, Silvania Costa de Oliveira, Annalisa Minetti, Pavla Valnickova, Reiko Aotake, and Sigita Markeviciene.  The Netherland’s Rijswijk and Kroes jointly hold the world record in the high jump at 1.45m.  This record goes back to 1986 for Rijswijk and 1988 for Kroes. The Czech Republic’s Valnickova has the next oldest record, dating back to 1992 for the 3,000 m event.  Japan’s Aotake has the next oldest record with her marathon time which is from 1996.



Event Type Family Name Given Name NPC Birth Result Wind Equalled Date City Country
Women’s 100 m Guilhermina Terezinha BRA 1978 0:12.01 +1.2 2012-09-05 London Great Britain
Women’s 100 m Guilhermina Terezinha BRA 12.13 2011-1-23 Christchurch New Zealand
Women’s 1500 m Zheng Jin CHN 1991 4:44.06 2014-10-19 Incheon South Korea
Women’s 1500 m Minetti Annalisa ITA 04:51.7 2012-6-28 Stadskanaal Netherlands
Women’s 200 m Guilhermina Terezinha BRA 1978 0:24.67 -2.2 2012-04-20 Mexico City Mexico
Women’s 200 m Guilhermina Terezinha BRA 24.74 2011-1-23 Christchurch New Zealand
Women’s 400 m Guilhermina Terezinha BRA 1978 0:56.14 2007-08-18 Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Women’s 4×100 m CHN 0:48.33 2016-04-22 Beijing China
Women’s 5000 m Coetzee Louzanne RSA 1993 19:17.60 2016-03-23 Bloemfontein South Africa
Women’s 800 m Hinton Tracey GBR 1970 2:17.66 2003-08-11 Quebec Canada
Women’s Discus Throw Zhang Liangmin CHN 1985 40.42 2011-01-22 Christchurch New Zealand
Women’s High Jump Rijswijk Joke NED 1954 1.45 1988-10-19 Seoul South Korea
Women’s High Jump Kroes Vera NED 1.45 = 1986-08-08 Gothenburg Sweden
Women’s Javelin Willing Martina GER 1959 38.62 1992-09-06 Barcelona Spain
Women’s Long Jump Costa de Oliveira Silvania BRA 1987 5.46 +0.1 2016-07-17 São Paulo Brazil
Women’s Pentathlon Willing Martina GER 1959 2182 1992-09-11 Barcelona Spain
Women’s Shot Put Legnante Assunta ITA 1978 17.32 2014-07-06 Padova Italy
Laura Hale
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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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