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||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|