China's Zheng Jin Breaks World Record at Paralympic Marathon Event

May 3, 2016
By Xu WeiweiEditor: Joyce Dong

Zheng Jin breaks world record at Paralympic marathon event on April 24.[sports.sina.com.cn]

 

Zheng Jin, a Chinese marathon runner who has been unable to see since birth, won the women's T11 vision-impaired running event at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics Marathon World Cup in London on April 24.

She smashed the women's T11 world record set by a German athlete one year ago by clocking 3:13:15.

T11 is a type of disability sport classification for those with a vision impairment defined as the "inability to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance."

The victory also brought her a ticket to the Rio Paralympics, making her the first female Chinese marathon athlete to qualify.
   
Zheng won the women's T11 1,500 meters running events at the Inchon Asian Para Games in 2014 and at the Doha Disability World Athletics Championships in 2015.

The marathon course is 42.195 kilometers. "Many able-bodied athletes couldn't even run that far," Zheng's coach said.

 

Zheng Jin shows her gold medal. [chinanews.com]

 

(Source: Shenyang Evening News /Translated and edited by Women of China)

 

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