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Looking towards athletics in Rio: T33 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.


T33 is an athletics class traditionally for people who have cerebral palsy, and it corresponds with the CP-ISRA class CP3.  It’s the class for people with one of the more severe forms of cerebral palsy. Women are traditionally underrepresented in classes involving the most severe disabilities.  Despite this class having origins dating back to the 1970s, there really aren’t that many available records. Athletics wise, during the 1990s, the really severe disability classes also tended to do away with track events.  That more or less froze the track records in time, with the only movement taking place world record wise in field events.  It is a lot like the T32 class in many ways.  Some of the possible older world records in field events aren’t eligible these days because of changes in tie down rules.  Those earlier records are still scarce though.

And like T32, the records from track events are dominated by a single British woman.  Shelby Watson owns the world record in the women’s T33 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters and 1,500 meters.  She set the world record for all but the 1,500 meters at a meet in May of this year in Nottwil, Switzerland.  She set her 1,500 meters world record at a meet in Nottingham, Great Britain.  The remaining world records are held by Greece’s Anthi Liagkou who holds the world record in discus, setting it at a meet in last month in Athens.   Asmahan Boudjadar of Algeria holds the last record, the women’s F33 javelin with a throw of 11.99 meters.  Like all but one of the records in this class, it was set this year.  Hers was set in March in Dubai.


Event Type Family Name Given Name NPC Birth Result Wind Time (ms) Date City Country
Women’s 100 m Watson Shelby GBR 1998 0:19.89 +0.3 19890 2016-05-26 Nottwil Switzerland
Women’s 200 m Watson Shelby GBR 1998 0:35.04 +0.3 35040 2016-05-27 Nottwil Switzerland
Women’s 400 m Watson Shelby GBR 1998 1:10.15 70150 2016-05-26 Nottwil Switzerland
Women’s 800 m Watson Shelby GBR 1998 2:22.85 142850 2016-05-27 Nottwil Switzerland
Women’s 1500 m Watson Shelby GBR 1998 4:55.85 295850 2015-08-15 Nottingham Great Britain
Women’s Discus Throw Liagkou Anthi GRE 1985 11.51 2016-07-02 Athens Greece
Women’s Javelin Boudjadar Asmahan ALG 1980 11.99 2016-03-19 Dubai United Arab Emirates
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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