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Looking towards athletics in Rio: T53 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 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



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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