[WORLDKINGS] The Constant World Records Seeking Journey (P.285) Marla Runyan (United States) : World’s first legally blind athlete to compete in the Olympic Games
(worldkings.org) Marla Runyan is a two-time U.S. Olympian and two-time Paralympian in Track & Field. At age nine, she was diagnosed with Stargardts Disease, a form of juvenile macular degeneration that causes central vision loss and legal blindness. Marla Runyan was the first blind athlete to compete in the Olympics to win 8th place overall in the 1,500m event at the 2000 Sedney Olympics. On April 26th, 2022, World Records Union (WorldKings) officially declared ) Marla Runyan as “World’s first legally blind athlete to compete in the Olympic Games”.
(WorldKings.org) Nineteen-year-old becomes the first Indian woman to top the podium in the Paralympic Games.
[WORLDKINGS] Journey to seek extraordinary record holders around the world (P.86) – Ilse Hayes: disable athlete who overcame adversity and become the pride of South Africa.
(WorldKings.org) Ilse Hayes (born 30 August 1985), also known as Ilse Carstens, is a Paralympian athlete from South Africa competing mainly in category T13 sprint events.
[WORLDKINGS] Journey to seek extraordinary record holders around the world (P.85) - Louzanne Coetzee (South Africa): The blind athlete who holds record in WorlPara Athletics Grand Prix.
(WorldKings.org) There is much more to Louzanne Coetzee than meets the eye. Born blind, she was schooled at the Pioneer School for the Visually Impaired in Worcester, away from her home town of Bloemfontein. She was the country’s top matric achiever for people with special needs in 2012, and later studied Communications at the University of the Free State.
[WORLDKINGS] Journey to seek extraordinary record holders around the world (P.68) - Zanele Situ (South Africa): The woman who overcome her disadvantage to become a Paralympian athlete.
(WorldKings.org) Ntombizanele Situ (born 19 January 1971), better known as Zanele Situ, is a Paralympian athlete from South Africa competing mainly in category F54 throwing events.
[RECORD NOMINATION] Asia Records Institute (ASRI) – P23. Mikio Oda (Japan) : The first Asian Olympic champion in an individual event.
(WorldKings.org) Mikio Oda was a Japanese athlete and the first Japanese Olympic gold medalist. He was the first Asian Olympic champion in an individual event