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The T37 cerebral palsy class for women has a bit more history, and a few more historical reference points.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|