Van Rhijn sets 100m record

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Marlou van Rhijn became the fastest female leg amputee at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Berlin. The Dutchwoman, already the 100 metres world record holder for double leg amputees, posted a time of 12.96sec, 0.02sec faster than the T44 mark for single leg amputees set by April Holmes of the US in 2006.

Van Rhijn (above) was not the only record-breaker at the meet. Brazilian Alan Oliveira became the fastest male amputee in the world after breaking Oscar Pistorius's 100m T43 record with a time of 10.77 seconds. The T43 mark had been held jointly by Pistorius and American Blake Leeper. Oliveira finished seventh in the 100m at the London Paralympics.