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 Long Jump||Le Fur||Marie-Amelie||FRA||1988||5.74||+1.4||2015-10-22||Doha||Qatar|
|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|