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Looking towards athletics in Rio: T34 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.


T34 is another class mostly for cerebral palsy sportspeople.  Like other classes in the T30s, F30s and P30s, the class might contain a few sport people who have had a stroke or traumatic brain injury, or fit into a Les Autres category because they have hypertonia, ataxia or athetosis.  This class is the last of the T30s, F30s and P30s classes for wheelchair competitors.  It is mostly for CP4 competitors, but you also get some CP5 competitors who prefer to compete in a wheelchair as opposed to ambulant class.  There are also a few CP3 competitors in this class because of the severity, or lack of severity in this case, of  spastic diplegia.


Like other cerebral palsy classes involving women, this one too is dominated by British athletes.  Hannah Cockroft owns all but one of the track records, the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters and 800 meters, with all her records set in 2014 or 2015.  The remaining track record is held by countrywoman Melissa Nicholls, who set a time of 4:01.79 in the 1,500 meters at the same competition in Bedford, Great Britain in 2014 where one year later Cockroft set the world record in the 800 meters.  Germany’s Birgit Kober has set at least two world records.  She set a world record in the javelin at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships with a throw of 23.54 meters.  Because of rule changes regarding tie downs, this world record was invalided and it is now held by China’s Lijuan Zhou who threw a distance of 20.98 at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha Qatar.  Kober has also set world records in shot put, with a throw of 9.3 meters in at the 2011 World Championships, and then bettered this in June 2012 at the European Championships in Stadskanaal, Netherlands when she threw for a distance of 10.06 meters.



Event Type Family Name Given Name NPC Birth Result Wind Time (ms) Date City Country
Women’s 100 m Cockroft Hannah GBR 1992 0:17.31 +1.0 17310 2014-05-17 Nottwil Switzerland
Women’s 1500 m Nicholls Melissa GBR 1977 4:01.79 241790 2014-05-24 Bedford Great Britain
Women’s 200 m Cockroft Hannah GBR 1992 0:30.51 +0.0 30510 2015-06-04 Arbon Switzerland
Women’s 400 m Cockroft Hannah GBR 1992 0:59.42 59420 2015-06-06 Arbon Switzerland
Women’s 800 m Cockroft Hannah GBR 1992 2:02.94 122940 2015-08-01 Bedford Great Britain
Women’s Javelin Zou Lijuan CHN 1994 20.98 2015-10-29 Doha Qatar
Women’s Javelin Kober Birgit GER 23.54 2011-1-23 Christchurch New Zealand
Women’s Shot Put Kober Birgit GER 9.3 2011-1-23 Christchurch New Zealand
Women’s Shot Put Kober Birgit GER 10.06 2012-6-28 Stadskanaal Netherlands
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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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