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Looking towards athletics in Rio: T42 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.

Women's T42 long jump world record progression.

Women’s T42 long jump world record progression.


T42 is the first class in the T40s generally where you find athletes with amputees.  The T40s also sometimes include people with Les Autres conditions and spinal cord injuries.  T42 is specifically for single above the knee leg amputees, people who would have been classified F8 or F9 in the old ambulant spinal cord injury classes, and Les Autres competitors with normal upper limb functionality but who have balance issues with their lower limbs.  There are a whole lot of different disabilities potentially represented in T42.


A comparison of the women's T38 and T42 long jump world record progression.

A comparison of the women’s T38 and T42 long jump world record progression.

The oldest record in this class is the women’s 400 meter race, set by Sarah Reinertsen of the United States way back in 1999 at a race in Barcelona, Spain.  The next oldest records for this class date back to the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing.  China’s Baozhu Zheng set a world record in the women’s discus at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens with a throw of 31.19 meters and then bettered this at the 2008 Games with a throw of 33.19 meters.  A similar situation exists with the shotput. Zheng set a world record in 2006 with a throw of 9.65 meters and then bettered it at the home hosted Paralympics with a record of 10.06 meters.  The last current world record from 2008 was set by Germany’s Claudia Biene with a throw of 31.51 meters set at a competition in Chinese Taipei shortly after the 2008 Games concluded.


The women’s long jump is the event with the largest available progression record in the class with three different sportswomen having claimed it since 2006.  Back in 2006 in Espoo, Finland, Germany’s Salome Kretz set a world record with a jump of 3.77 meters. 5 years later at the IPC Athletics World Championships, Australia’s Kelly Cartwright broke it with a jump of 4.19 meters.  4 years later at a different World Championship, Vanessa Low claimed the world record back for her country with a jump of 4.79 meters.


Event Type Family Name Given Name NPC Birth Result Wind Date City Country
Women’s 100 m Caironi Martina ITA 1989 0:14.61 -0.2 2015-10-30 Doha Qatar
Women’s 100 m Caironi Martina ITA 15.89 0.9 2012-6-26 Stadskanaal Netherlands
Women’s 200 m Caironi Martina ITA 1989 0:31.73 -0.5 2015-06-21 Berlin Germany
Women’s 400 m Reinertsen Sarah USA 1:34.62 1999-07-31 Barcelona Spain
Women’s Discus Throw Zheng Baozhu CHN 1969 33.19 2008-09-15 Beijing China
Women’s Discus Throw Zheng Baozhu CHN 1969 31,19m 2004-09-25 Athens Greece
Women’s High Jump Fujii Miho JPN 1994 1.38 2013-10-26 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Women’s Javelin Biene Claudia GER 1973 31.51 2008-09-16 Taipei Chinese Taipei
Women’s Long Jump Low Vanessa GER 1990 4.79 +0.1 2015-10-22 Doha Qatar
Women’s Long Jump Cartwright Kelly AUS 4.19 2011-1-23 Christchurch New Zealand
Women’s Long Jump Kretz Salome GER 3,77m 2006-09 Espoo Finland
Women’s Shot Put Zheng Baozhu CHN 1969 10.06 2008-09-09 Beijing China
Women’s Shot Put Zheng Baozhu CHN 1969 9,65m 2006-05-20 Duderstadt
Laura Hale
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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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