Maria Lyle

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Maria Lyle
Personal information
Full nameMaria Lyle
Nationality Great Britain
Born (2000-02-14) 14 February 2000 (age 19)
Dunbar, Scotland
CountryGreat Britain
Event(s)T35 sprint
ClubTeam East Lothian
Coached byTabo Huntley
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking1st - 100m (T35)
Personal best(s)100m sprint: 13.90s
200m sprint: 29.24s

Maria Lyle (born 14 February 2000) is a parasport athlete from Scotland competing mainly in T35 sprint events.[1] At the age of 14 she set a world record in the 200m sprint, a record she has broken on several occasions. In 2014, she qualified for the IPC Athletics World Championships in Swansea and won gold in both the 100m and 200m T35.

Personal history[edit]

Lyle was born in Dunbar, Scotland, in 2000 to Raymond and Susan Lyle.[2] She has one younger sister.[2] She has spastic dipelgic cerebral palsy,[3] attributed to her mother contracting shingles while pregnant with her.[4]

Lyle attends Dunbar Grammar School.

Running career[edit]

Lyle began running at the age of nine.[5] In 2009, she joined Dunbar Running Club and began competing at local and national meets mainly in sprint events.[5] In July 2012, at the age of 12, she posted a world record time of 32.37 in the 200m at the Birmingham Games.[1] Despite the fact that this was faster than the winning time of 32.72 set by China's Liu Ping in the 2012 Paralympic 200m T35 final, Lyle was ineligible for the Games as she was too young to be given a disability classification which also meant that her record time could not be official accepted.[2]

In 2014, she was classified as a T35 athlete and in February she travelled to Dubai to compete at the Fazaa International, an IPC Grand Prix event. There she entered both the 100m and 200m sprints. She won gold in the 100m with a time of 14.58, though this was classed as wind assisted so she could not claim it as a personal best.[1] In the 200m she ran 31.01, winning gold and beating Liu Ping's 2005 record of 32.27.[1][3] Later that year in May she competed at the Bedford International Open and set a world record in the 100m of 14.63, and surpassed her own world record in the 200m with a time of 30.71.[1][6]

Lyle was selected for her first major international when she represented Great Britain at the 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea. In her first event, the 100m T35, she won gold with a time of 14.92, beating Italy's Oxana Corso by over a second and a half.[7] The next day she took part in the 200m, and in poor weather conditions ran 31.05 to take her second European title.[8]

In the build up to the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Lyle took part in the Newham International where she ran 13.90 in the 100m and 29.24 in the 200m sprint, though the times were unofficial and did not count as world records.[9] In Doha, Lyle's first event saw her line up against the new world record holder Isis Holt. Holt, a 14 year old from Australia, pushed Lyle into second place with a world record sprint, though Lyle's time of 29.32 was an official personal best and new European record.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Marie Lyle". Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Spowart, Nan (23 September 2012). "Young Scot who can already beat reigning champ set for stardom at next Paralympics Games". Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Britain's Maria Lyle sets world record on international debut". 25 February 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  4. ^ McIver, Brian (22 August 2014). "Scotland's new sporting hero Maria Lyle needed splints to help her walk as a child but is now a sprint champion". Daily Record. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Maria Lyle". Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Maria Lyle". Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Women's 100m - T34 Final" (PDF). IPC. 20 August 2014. Archived from the original (pdf) on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Maria Lyle wins her second gold of the IPC European Athletics Championships with a lightnig (sic) quick time in the T35 200m". Davies, Gareth A. The Telegraph. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Record-breaking duo boost Newham event". 25 September 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Fourteen-year-old Holt claims world title with record breaking win". 24 October 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015.