This article is part of a ParaSport News series of articles looking at athletics world records and world records progression.
The women’s T53 class is the third wheelchair class in the T50, with a number of world records in the class combined with the T54 class. The T53 is for competitors who have full use of their arms but have no or limited trunk function. It includes competitors from cerebral palsy classes CP2 and CP3, Les Autres classes LAF1 and LAF2, and spinal cord injury class F3.
This class has a bit more competition with world record progression visible in the women’s T53/T54 4×400 meter event, and the women’s 5,000 meters. In the first, China set a world record at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in New Zealand with a time of 03:46.1. Last year at a meet in Beijing, they bettered this by about 6 seconds with a time of 3:40.66. In the T53/T54 5,000 meters, Chelsea McClammer of the United States had a time of 11:04.54 in Arbon, Switzerland. Two days later, fellow America Tatyana McFadden equalled this time. McFadden has another current world record, the T53/T54 1,500 meters. She set this in Arbon last year when she posted a time of 3:13.27.
Two other athletes in the class have multiple current world records. New Zealand’s Cristeen Smith has the P52/P53 world record for the pentathlon dating back to 1993 and a meet at Stoke Mandeville. Her second current world record dates to 1994 in the F53 shot put where she threw 5.88 meters. Her last one is in the women’s discuss, where she threw 14.46 meters in 1995 at Stoke Mandeville. Australian Angela Ballard has the 400 meter world record with a time of 0:54.70 set last year in Arbon, while her second is in the 800 meters with a time of 1:47.48 set at the same meet.
|Event Type||Family Name||Given Name||NPC||Birth||Result||Wind||Equalled||Date||City||Country|
|Women’s 100 m||Huang||Lisha||CHN||1988||0:16.22||-0.2||2008-09-12||Beijing||China|
|Women’s 10000 m T53/54||Driscoll||Jean||USA||24:21.64||1996-08-18||Atlanta||United States|
|Women’s 1500 m T53/54||McFadden||Tatyana||USA||1989||3:13.27||2015-06-04||Arbon||Switzerland|
|Women’s 200 m||Galli||Jessica||USA||1983||0:28.93||+1.3||2012-07-01||Indianapolis, Indiana||United States|
|Women’s 400 m||Ballard||Angela||AUS||1982||0:54.70||2015-06-04||Arbon||Switzerland|
|Women’s 4×400 m T53/54||China||CHN||03:46.1||2011-1-23||Christchurch||New Zealand|
|Women’s 4×400 m T53/54||China||CHN||3:40.66||2015-04-19||Beijing||China|
|Women’s 5000 m T53/54||McClammer||Chelsea||USA||1994||11:04.54||=||2015-06-04||Arbon||Switzerland|
|Women’s 5000 m T53/54||McFadden||Tatyana||USA||1989||11:04.54||2015-06-06||Arbon||Switzerland|
|Women’s 800 m||Ballard||Angela||AUS||1982||1:47.48||2015-06-04||Arbon||Switzerland|
|Women’s Discus Throw||Smith||Cristeen||NZL||14.46||1995-07-26||Stoke Mandeville||Great Britain|
|Women’s Javelin||Rivera||Esther||MEX||1964||11.87||2007-08-13||Rio de Janeiro||Brazil|
|Women’s Pentathlon P52/53||Smith||Cristeen||NZL||5167||1993-08-05||Stoke Mandeville||Great Britain|
|Women’s Shot Put||Smith||Cristeen||NZL||5.88||1994-07-28||Berlin||Germany|