Edith Wolf

Edith Wolf (née Hunkeler, born 30 July 1972)[1] is a Swiss former wheelchair racer, who competed in the T54 classification. Wolf competed at a range of distances from 400m to marathon length events and is a multiple World and Paralympic Games winner. Wolf has also eight major marathon titles to her name having won the women's wheelchair race at the Berlin Marathon (2011), Boston Marathon (2002 and 2006) and New York Marathon (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009).

Edith Wolf
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Wolf competing at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.
Personal information
Birth nameEdith Hunkeler
Born (1972-07-30) 30 July 1972 (age 48)
Lucerne, Switzerland
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Country  Switzerland
Disability classT54
Event(s)Wheelchair racing

Personal historyEdit

Hunkeler was in a car accident at age 22 which left her a paraplegic. She began wheelchair racing two years later.[2]

Athletics careerEdit

At the 2004 Olympic Games, she finished 6th in the demonstration sport of Women's 800m wheelchair. She also participated in the 2004 Summer Paralympics, where she won a silver medal in both the 1500 metre and 5000 metre races. At the 2008 Paralympics, she took bronze in the 1500 metres and a gold in the marathon. She advanced to the finals of the 5000 metres, but crashed and caused a pile-up shortly before the end of the race. She suffered a broken collarbone in the accident and was disqualified from participating in the re-run of the race.[3]

She won the women’s wheelchair division of the New York City Marathon in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009. She was  honored by New York Road Runners on November 1, 2018 during TCS New York City Marathon Race Week.[4]


  1. ^ "Athlete Biography: HUNKELER, Edith". The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  2. ^ Litsky, Frank (7 November 2005). "THE 36TH RUNNING / NEW YORK CITY MARATHON: WHEELCHAIR; After a Bumpy Challenge, A Road Record and Sore Arms". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  3. ^ "Woods determined to secure medal". BBC Sport. 10 September 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  4. ^ de Graffenried, Valérie (2018-11-03). "Une Suissesse au panthéon du marathon". Le Temps (in French).

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