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Looking towards athletics in Rio: T40 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.


T40 and T41 are both athletics classes for people with short stature.  The T40 class is rather new all things considered, as it came out of a proposal in 2013 to divide short stature classes into two classes, and to implement a rule change that people needed to be at least 18 years old to be eligible.  Originally the T41 class, which included current T40 sportspeople, included women 140 cm (55 inches) or shorter.  The current T40 class includes women who are shorter than 125 cm (49 inches).


Given all this, there is a lack of historical for the T40 class with the IPC and other databases only providing three.  Nigeria’s Lauritta Onye owns the world record in the women’s shot put with a throw of 7.72 meters set at last year’s world championships in Qatar. Tunisia’s Raja Jebali holds the world record in the women’s discus with a throw of 21.5 meters set earlier this year in Tunis, Tunisia.  Australia’s Kobie Donovan holds the last remaining record in this class, with a distance of 20.4 meters in the javelin set last March in Brisbane.


Event Type Family Name Given Name NPC Birth Result Date City Country
Women’s Shot Put Onye Lauritta NGR 1984 7.72 2015-10-27 Doha Qatar
Women’s Discus Throw Jebali Raja TUN 1997 21.5 2016-03-26 Tunis Tunisia
Women’s Javelin Donovan Kobie AUS 1994 20.4 2015-03-06 Brisbane Australia
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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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