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Looking towards athletics in Rio: T45 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.


The T45 class is another class for double lower limb amputees, either above or below the elbow.  It’s comparable to ISOD A5 and A7 classes.  It is another class for women where representation appears to be lacking and there isn’t much available historical depth to explore when it comes to world records.

Only 5 world records are available from the IPC, and three of them are owned by Canadian Giselle Cole and date back decades.  For the 100 meters, she had a world record time of 0:14.00 set in 1980.  Cole’s world record time in the 400 meters also dates to 1980, where she ran the race in 1:13.92. She also has the high jump record, leaping 1.45 meters at the 1984 Summer Paralympics.

The remaining track record is owned by Sri Lankan Kumudu Priyanka Dissanayake Mudiyanselage in the 200 meters.  She ran the event in a time of 0:28.58 in 2010 at a meet in China.  Brazilian Mariane Santos has the remaining field record.  The most recent world record in this class was set in 2012 in Sao Paulo when Santos jumped 4.24 meters in the long jump.

Event Type Family Name Given Name NPC Birth Result Wind Date City Country
Women’s 100 m Cole Giselle CAN 0:14.00 +0.0 1980-06-02 Arnhem Netherlands
Women’s 200 m Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Kumudu Priyanka SRI 1988 0:28.58 +0.3 2010-12-17 Guangzhou China
Women’s 400 m Cole Giselle CAN 1:13.92 1980-06-02 Arnhem Netherlands
Women’s High Jump Cole Giselle CAN 1.45 1984-06-24 New York United States of America
Women’s Long Jump Santos Mariane BRA 1991 4.24 +0.5 2012-06-16 Sao Paulo Brazil
Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
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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