Countdown to Lyon: Three U.S. women hold world records

By Jamie M. Blanchard | July 17, 2013, 8 a.m. (ET)
April Holmes
April Holmes, who won the women's 100m (T44) at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, holds the world record in the event.

More than gold medals are on the line at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships, July 19-28, in Lyon, France. Three American women enter the world championships with hopes to leave Lyon just as they came in, as world record holders.

With three days until the first competition of the IPC Athletics World Championships on July 20, take a look at the three U.S. women who hold world records in track and field.

April Holmes

On July 1, 2006, April Holmes, a single, below the knee amputee, became the first female to run under 13 seconds in the 100m (T44) race, a feat that has not been accomplished since. Her world record of 12.98 still stands. Holmes has the third fastest time this season, a 13.89. She also has the third fastest time in the 200m.

Kristen Messer

At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Kristen Messer set the T33 world record in the women's 100-meters with a 21.59 race. At the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships in San Antonio, Texas, Messer ran a 22.50, the fastest time this season in her classification.

Cassie Mitchell

Cassie Mitchell set the women’s shot put F52 world record, throwing 6.14m at the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships. The previous world record for the F52 classification was 5.82m, thrown by Croatian Antonia Balek in 2009.