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Looking towards athletics in Rio: T37 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.


The T37 cerebral palsy class for women has a bit more history, and a few more historical reference points.  It is another class that has women from Australia, Great Britain, Germany and China who have all set records.


The most dominant woman in the class right now is Great Britain’s Georgina Hermitage who has set four world records in the past year and a half.  Her first was this year in the 100 meters, where she ran a time of 0:13.39 in Loughborough.  She beat a world record set eight months earlier by countrywoman Kadeena Cox who set hers in a time of 0:13.59.  Hermitage has another world record from this year in the 200 meters set at the European Championships in Italy, which she ran in a time of 0:27.21.  She has a pair of world records in the women’s 400 meters, setting her first one last year at the World Championships in a time of 01:02.0.  She shaved off about a second and a half to set a new world record in Italy this year with a time of 1:00.63.


South Africa’s Liezel Gouws owns the world record in the 800 meters with a time of 2:42.39 set last March in Johannesburg.  The remaining world record on the track is the oldest.  It is the 1,500 meters and was set by Norway’s Siw Verstengen in 1994 in Berlin, Germany.  She ran that race in a time of 5:40.12.


The field records also have a really old record, with the current long jump record set in April 2001 in Canberra, Australia by Lisa McIntosh.  Her height of 4.92 meters was equalled this year in Beijing by China’s Xiaoyan Wen.  China’s Na Mi set a world record in the shot put in Doha last year with a distance of 13.56 meters, but was bettered this year by Germany’s Franziska Liebhardt in Breda, Netherlands who threw for 13.82 meters.  Both the discus and javelin records date to 2012, with Brazil’s Shirlene Coelho throwing the javelin 37.86 meters for her record and Na Mi throwing the discus 35.35 meters for hers.

Event Type Family Name Given Name NPC Birth Result Wind Equalled Date City Country
Women’s 100 m Hermitage Georgina GBR 1989 0:13.39 +0.9 2016-05-22 Loughborough Great Britain
Women’s 100 m Cox Kadeena GBR 13.59 1 2015-10-22 Doha Qatar
Women’s 1500 m Verstengen Siw NOR 5:40.12 1994-07-28 Berlin Germany
Women’s 200 m Hermitage Georgina GBR 1989 0:27.21 +1.1 2016-06-14 Grosseto Italy
Women’s 400 m Hermitage Georgina GBR 1989 1:00.63 0 2016-06-13 Grosseto Italy
Women’s 400 m Hermitage Georgina GBR 1989 01:02.0 0 2015-10-25 Doha Qatar
Women’s 800 m Gouws Liezel RSA 1998 2:42.39 2015-03-31 Johannesburg South Africa
Women’s Discus Throw Mi Na CHN 1986 35.35 2012-09-06 London Great Britain
Women’s Javelin Coelho Shirlene BRA 1981 37.86 2012-09-08 London Great Britain
Women’s Long Jump Wen Xiaoyan CHN 1997 4.92 -1.4 2016-04-22 Beijing China
Women’s Long Jump McIntosh Lisa AUS 1982 4.92 +0.0 = 2001-04-06 Canberra Australia
Women’s Shot Put Liebhardt Franziska GER 1982 13.82 2016-05-21 Breda Netherlands
Women’s Shot Put Mi Na CHN 13.56 2015-10-23 Doha Qatar


Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
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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