I wonder which world records have been broken by an athlete with a disability, put aside sports where non-disable athletes do not compete. For example, the record furthest accurate distance – men’s archery was broken by an athlete with a disability.

  • Distance runner Marla Runyan, who is legally blind (Stargardt's Disease, if I recall correctly - she has some vision but not much) represented the USA at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics and won numerous national championships. No world records, though.
    – pjmorse
    Jan 19, 2017 at 14:03

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Apparently long distance runners are consistently beaten by their wheelchair counterparts. This article on the topic reads

... in every distance race further than 400m, the world record times of wheelchair athletes are faster than their able-bodied counterparts.

It goes on to give full detail and information about the disparity between able-bodied long-distance runners and wheelchair ones.

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    I don't really think that's a fair comparison - cyclists are faster than runners as well. Change the method of locomotion to a far more efficient method and of course they're going to go faster.
    – Philip Kendall
    Jan 19, 2017 at 11:44
  • Agreed - wheelchair racing and running are de facto different sports, although they share the same venues and many of the same rules.
    – pjmorse
    Jan 19, 2017 at 13:59

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