Sport Classes

Updated: 27 Jun, 2017 06:29 pm

There are six sport classes in paratriathlon:

  • PTWC - Wheelchair users. Athletes must use a recumbent handcycle on the bike course and a racing wheelchair on the run segment. There are two sub-classes, H1 (most impaired) and H2 (least impaired); Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to:  muscle power, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis that prevent the ability to safely ride a conventional bike and run. Through classification assessment, athletes must have a score of up to 640,0 points.
  • PTS2 - Severe impairments. Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score of up to 909,9 points. In both bike and run segments, amputee athletes may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.
  • PTS3 - Significant impairments. Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score from 910,0 to 979,9 points. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.
  • PTS4 - Moderate impairments. Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score from 980,0 to 1091,9 points included. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices..
  • PTS5 - Mild impairments. Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score from 1092,0 to 1211,9 points included. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices..
  • PTVI - Total or Partial visual Impairment (IBSA/IPC defined sub-classes B1, B2, and B3): Includes athletes who are totally blind, from no light perception in either eye, to some light perception but unable to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction (B1) and partially sighted athletes with a visual acuity of less than 6/60 vision or visual field less than 20 degrees with best corrective vision (B2-B3). A guide from the same nationality and gender is mandatory throughout the race. Must ride a tandem during the bike segment.

For a description of all classes please link to the IPC’s Laymen’s Guide for Paralympic Summer Sports.

ITU has implemented some modifications to the classification system that was introduced in 2014 after further research was conducted to address certain aspects of the previous system. The research project is an ongoing project for both physical and vision impairments.

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