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a female Para sprinter crosses the line to win the race

Isis Holt


Holt only took up athletics in 2014 – the following year, at just 14-years-old, she lined up at her first World Championships, and with her family watching in the stands, stormed home to win two gold medals.

Holt’s victory in the 100m T35 in Doha, Qatar, was made all the more exciting as she raced against another talented teenager, Great Britain’s Maria Lyle, the European champion and former world record holder.

The Australian held strong to the tape though, clocking 13.63 as she knocked 0.53 off the previous world record she set in March that year.

Holt’s victory in the 200m was just as emphatic as she saw off a field including Lyle and the defending world champion Oxana Corso of Italy. Her time of 28.57 was yet another world record, and knocked nearly a second off the mark she set in Brisbane that March.

Hopes were high for the youngster at the Rio Paralympic Games, but she was thwarted in her quest for double sprint gold by China’s Zhou Xia, another talented teenager who took the tape in both the 100m and 200m T35, breaking Holt’s 200m T35 world record in the process.

Holt had to settle for silver that time around but she got her revenge at London 2017 with two standout performances, first over 200m where she set a new championship record of 28.47, then in the 100m three days later where she saw off the likes of Zhou and Lyle once again, lowering her own world record in the process (13.43).


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
T35, F35

Further personal information

Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing in the sport in 2014.
Club / Team
Old Xaverians Athletics Club: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Name of coach
Nick Wall [personal], AUS

International debut

Competing for
World Championships
Doha, QAT

General interest

Equestrian, writing, reading, drama. (, 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three medals [two silver, one bronze] at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 18 Sep 2016)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (, 18 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My ability is greater than my disability." (, 10 Nov 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named 2015/16 Open Para Athlete of the Season by Athletics Victoria in Australia. (, 11 Apr 2016)

She was named Junior Athlete of the Year at the 2015 Victorian Sports Awards in Australia. (, 2015)

She received the award for 2014/15 Outstanding Junior Para Athlete Performance of the Season from Athletics Victoria in Australia. (, 30 Jun 2015)
She has cerebral palsy. (, 02 May 2016)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T35 Heat 2 2015-10-23 1
Women's 200 m T35 Final 1 2015-10-24 1
Women's 100 m T35 Heat 2 2015-10-29 1
Women's 100 m T35 Final 1 2015-10-29 1
Women's 4x100 m T35-38 Final 1 2015-10-31 9999
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T35 Final Round 2016-09-14 2
Women's 4x100 m T35-38 Final Round 2016-09-15 3
Women's 200 m T35 Final Round 2016-09-17 2
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T35 Final 1 2017-07-16 1
Women's 100 m T35 Final 1 2017-07-19 1