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Looking towards athletics in Rio: T44 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.


T44 is another one of those confusing T40s classes that includes both amputees from ISOD A4 and A9 classes, Les Autres from the IWAS LAF3 and LAF5 class and people from the old ambulant spinal cord injury classes of F8 and F9.   It is the class for people with minimal lower limb disability and functionality.  This includes people with different length legs, people with amputations in one leg below the knee, people with PROM in a lower limb.  Unlike T43, the T44 class on the women’s side has much greater world record depth in terms of events and with multiple records existing for three events.

The oldest current record dates to 2001 in the high jump when Germany’s Michaela Daamen jumped 1.52 meters.  The next oldest record was set by Austrian pentathlete  Andrea Scherney in 2003.  The third oldest was set by American April Holmes in 2006 in the 100 meters when she posted a time of 0:12.98, better her previous world record of 0:13.13 set at the 2004 Summer Paralympics.  Holmes had set another world record in the 200 meters in Athens with a time of 0:27.56, but this was bettered by German Irmgard Bensusan at last year’s World Championships with a time of 0:26.64.

The United States’ Grace Norman is the most recent world record holder, setting a record in April of the year in Harbor Heights when she ran the 800 meters in a time of 2:22.28.


Event Type Family Name Given Name NPC Birth Result Wind Date City Country
Women’s 100 m Holmes April USA 1973 0:12.98 +0.0 2006-07-01 Atlanta United States of America
Women’s 100 m Holmes April USA 1973 13,13s 2004-09-22 Athens Greece
Women’s 1500 m Norman Grace USA 1998 4:58.68 2015-06-28 Indianapolis, IN United States of America
Women’s 200 m Bensusan Irmgard GER 1991 0:26.64 -0.5 2015-03-31 Johannesburg South Africa
Women’s 200 m Holmes April USA 1973 27,56s 2004-09-22 Athens Greece
Women’s 400 m Le Fur Marie-Amelie FRA 1988 0:59.30 2015-10-28 Doha Qatar
Women’s 800 m Norman Grace USA 1998 2:22.28 2016-04-28 Harbor Heights, Ohio United States of America
Women’s Discus Throw Yao Juan CHN 1984 43.39 2015-10-25 Doha Qatar
Women’s High Jump Daamen Michaela GER 1969 1.52 2001-06-16 Assen Netherlands
Women’s Javelin Yao Juan CHN 1984 40.51 2008-09-08 Beijing China
Women’s Long Jump Le Fur Marie-Amelie FRA 1988 5.74 +1.4 2015-10-22 Doha Qatar
Women’s Pentathlon Scherney Andrea AUT 1966 4653 2003-06-20 Assen Netherlands
Women’s Shot Put Yao Juan CHN 1984 13.14 2015-10-28 Doha Qatar
Women’s Shot Put Daamen Michaela GER 1969 12,18m 2005-08-23 Espoo Finland
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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