This article is part of a ParaSport News series of articles looking at athletics world records and world records progression.
The T52 class, like the T51, is a wheelchair athletics class that includes people with a number of different types of disabilities. People from cerebral palsy class CP2, Les Autres class LAF1 and spinal cord injury classes F2 and F3 can often be found in it. The class is for people who have minimal to no leg and trunk functionality, and who derive most of their strength from their shoulders and elbows. They tend to have injuries that correspond with C7 or C8 lesion on the spinal cord.
Like T52, there is a lack of data about historical progression in this class. With 10 records available from the IPC and having checked other sources, there are no duplicates to check. The class has historically been dominated in recent years by Belgian Marieke Vervoort and Canadian Michelle Stilwell. 37-year-old Vervoort holds current world records in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:24.47 set in May 2014, 1:04.87 in the 400 meters set at home in Kortrijk in July 2013, 14:47.55 in the 5,000 meters set in May 2014, and 2:06.76 in the 800 meters set in May of last year at home in Oordegem.
42-year-old Stilwell owns a pair of world records in the shorter distances, with a time of 0:18.67 in the 100 meters set at home in Windsor, Ontario in July 2012 and a time of 0:33.19 in the 200 meters set in Canberra, Australia in January 2013.
Among the remaining records, the oldest one dates to 1993 and was set by New Zealander Cristeen Smith in the women’s P52/P53 pentathlon at Stoke Mandeville with a score of 5167. The next oldest was set by Czech athlete Martina Kniezkova in the women’s discus with a throw of 15.28 meters at the 2004 Summer Paralympics.
|Event Type||Family Name||Given Name||NPC||Birth||Result||Wind||Date||City||Country|
|Women’s 100 m||Stilwell||Michelle||CAN||1974||0:18.67||+1.7||2012-07-14||Windsor||Canada|
|Women’s 1500 m||Vervoort||Marieke||BEL||1979||4:24.47||2014-05-17||Nottwil||Switzerland|
|Women’s 200 m||Stilwell||Michelle||CAN||1974||0:33.19||+1.6||2013-01-21||Canberra||Australia|
|Women’s 400 m||Vervoort||Marieke||BEL||1979||1:04.87||2013-07-14||Kortrijk||Belgium|
|Women’s 5000 m||Vervoort||Marieke||BEL||1979||14:47.55||2014-05-18||Nottwil||Switzerland|
|Women’s 800 m||Vervoort||Marieke||BEL||1979||2:06.76||2015-05-30||Oordegem||Belgium|
|Women’s Discus Throw||Kniezkova||Martina||CZE||1975||15.28||2004-09-20||Athens||Greece|
|Women’s Javelin||Balek||Antonia||CRO||1968||13.46||2009-06-03||Wedau, Duisburg||Germany|
|Women’s Pentathlon||Smith||Cristeen||NZL||5167||1993-08-05||Stoke Mandeville||Great Britain|
|Women’s Shot Put||Mitchell||Cassie||USA||1981||6.14||2013-06-16||San Antonio, Texas||United States|