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Looking towards athletics in Rio: T55 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 T55 class is mostly open to field events, though historically, track events for the class have appeared on the Paralympic program.  The class is for people with full upper limb functionality, partial trunk functionality and no lower limb functionality.  It includes amputees, people with cerebral palsy and Les Autres conditions, and people with spinal cord injuries.


The IPC currently only lists three world records for the class and historical progression data isn’t easily available. Most of the records are also fairly old and all are held by Germans.  Marianne Buggenhagen set the world record in the discus at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in the discus with a distance of 27.8 meters. At the 2004 Games, she set the shot put world record with a distance of 9.06 meters.  The javelin world record is held by  Martina Willing, who threw a distance of 22.71 meters in Bern, Switzerland in 1999.


Event Type Family Name Given Name NPC Birth Result Date City Country
Women’s Discus Throw Buggenhagen Marianne GER 1953 27.8 2008-09-09 Beijing China
Women’s Javelin Willing Martina GER 1959 22.71 1999-08-21 Bern Switzerland
Women’s Shot Put Buggenhagen Marianne GER 1953 9.06 2004-09-19 Athens Greece
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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